Popular VoIP services provider Skype is preparing to launch a dedicated video conferencing app for Apple’s iPad 2 tablet PC device, in direct competition with Apple’s FaceTime service.
The fact that Microsoft is acquiring Skype for $8.5 billion indicates that Microsoft plans to continue Skype's presence on multiple platforms, providing multiple services. Considering Skype's popularity among consumers, targeting business customers is a natural next step.
Before this, iPad users were forced to use the iPhone version of the Skype app which failed to deliver key functionalities to users. However, a dedicated Skype app designed for the tablet will allow users to access key Skype features, PC Mag (opens in new tab) reports.
The new Skype for iPad app will allow users to make video and voice calls over both Wi-Fi and 3G networks. The app will also come with a camera swap feature that will let users make use of both front and rear facing cameras.
While Apple's FaceTime lets people make video calls using the Wi-Fi network. Skype’s ability to use 3G connection for videoconferencing will make things a lot easier for business users. Skype has yet to announce a release date or pricing for the app but many people expect it to be free.