Among 500 new features in Windows Phone Mango, support for front-facing cameras was a thing notably missing from the list of definite additions, but Microsoft finally confirmed that Mango will support front-looking snappers at its Tech Ed event in New Zealand. In addition, the company hinted at Skype integration coming soon baked in the platform, turning the OS into a great medium for video conferencing. Hopefully, this also means that new devices will also come with front cameras - a hope backed up by earlier whispers about a Galaxy S II look-alike running WP Mango and coming with a camera for video conferencing.
At the event, two Microsoft employees also unveiled Microsoft’s Lync client for VoIP telephony, which is expected to arrive on other platforms including iOS, Android and even Symbian soon. They gave no details, though, on whether Skype integration will arrive as an update or as a separate app.
2.snowgator(Posts: 3583; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
It would have been near comical - especially after the Skype purchase - had front facing camera's not been aboard. There is a large segment of buyers who make cameras one of the highest priorities on their devices. I know- I am married to one. She is trusting me completely to make the decision for her on her next phone, and I have a list of possibilities for her that has Android pretty much the main option because she wants a high end shooter on the back and a front facing camera. So while I am excited for W7, I cannot recommend them to my own wife yet. THAT really bums me out. This is a must for Microsoft.
And this move will make the carriers boycott WP7 even more than they do at the moment (please not, this is not anything hateful or negative against WP7, i'm just telling the facts, in fact i've been doing some surveys on this)
@peterfronmsweden . i think you are more clever than microsoft. they know better what to do. This is so simple to block skype on phones which are sold via carriers. e.g. i got an O2 xperia x10 and skype was not working on it. later, i found it has been banned on these phones. SO, dont think you are more clever than the BIGGEST_BRO. lol