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Skype coming to Windows Phone with video calling in tow

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Skype coming to Windows Phone with video calling in tow
That Skype is coming to Windows Phone is not going to surprise many of you. After all, Microsoft dropped a tremendous amount of money and purchased the popular VoIP platform with the intent to integrate it in more than a few devices. However, what was never really confirmed by the software giant was whether Skype for Windows Phone would support video conversations or will rely solely on voice calls and text messages.

Fortunately, something that the guys over at wpcentral found out about sheds some light on the issue. Thanks to a job offering coming straight from Skype headquarters, we now know that the Windows Phone 7 version of Skype will support video calling indeed. The successful candidates will be working on bringing the Skype video engine to the Windows Phone platform and will be responsible for improving the software even further with updates to be released at a constant rate.

When exactly Skype is going to become a part of Windows Phone 7 and how deep it will be integrated into the platform are questions that we have yet to learn the answers to. Maybe we will have to wait until Mango-powered smartphones with front-facing cameras hit the US market first?

source: Skype Carreers via wpcentral

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posted on 03 Aug 2011, 11:19 3

1. snowgator (Posts: 3294; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I would be shocked, SHOCKED, if Microsoft opened the vault to get Skype and it is not a part of a good portion of Mango-flavored devices. Right now, the only reason I am thinking an Android powered device for my wife is her desire for a good camera and video-chat capabilities. If We can get some W7 backing here, I can get two handsets onboard the still emerging W7 bandwagon instead of just mine....

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 14:30

5. rabbit (unregistered)


your an idoit the os has nothing to do with the camera my htc touch 1st gen can take a picture better than 1st gen iphone, so get out of here with that crap

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 14:41 2

7. snowgator (Posts: 3294; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Love the name calling without even reading the post. Currently, W7 devices have no front facing camera on any phone and if you read the reviews, including the user reviews, the 5 mp camera's on the back are generally a lot weaker in performance than Android devices, or the iPhone for that matter. I may be an idiot, but not so big of one I will not get my Wife something she will enjoy. Rabbit's do not bother me, but my wife likes to cooks from scratch. Do you know how hard that is to find these days????

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 15:41

10. jade (unregistered)


i agree with rabbit your an idoit for even bring up android and now the iphone on something about wp7, yeah try going to church there are tons of women there that know how to cook from scratch

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 12:21 3

2. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)


It would be nice if Android got video calling... on more than 5 phones.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 14:23

3. rabbit (unregistered)


you need shut up with that android stuff on wp7 forums

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 16:35

12. ArmageddonX (Posts: 96; Member since: 11 May 2011)


There is really no excuse for Android phones with front facing camera's to not have video chat at this point. I have no idea what is holding it up.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 14:28

4. MarloThaMartian (Posts: 41; Member since: 27 Dec 2010)


Everybody with the first generation wp7 devices are gonna be pissed. No front facing cameras :/

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 14:35

6. fox (unregistered)


hell yeah i'm pissed

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 14:44 1

8. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Now WP7 will sell even worse...
Nice work MS.
(Due to operators hating skype, they will continue to boycott WP7 phones)

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 15:15

9. o7o (Posts: 62; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


Funny how MeeGo-Harmattan already has Skype integrated in it already, you can start a Skype video call directly from inside the phonebook!

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 15:58

11. ShanikuaKnowws (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)


Does anyone know if Skype video chat is available for my HTC Thunderbolt?

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 18:49

14. ecml490 (unregistered)


Could you just see if you can download it from the Android Market and see for yourself? Not trying to be a smart ass at all, it would just save you more time than waiting for an answer...

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 18:19 1

13. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 868; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


How is adding video calling features going to "sell even worse" as far as WP devices go? MSFT is really adding core features and starting to take leaps, and that is scaring a lot of people - Android... iOS...

First gen WP users still get the upgrade to Mango and should have contracts finishing, available to upgrade right around when Skype integration is done fixing bugs and kinks. So maybe you miss out on a front facing camera (and applications, such as Skype) in the beggining stages, your upgrade will be towards a more stable platform.

Technology is evolving at a very rapid rate, you buy a phone now, and months from now there are newer features! Just the nature of gadgets these days.

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