Skype VP confirms upcoming deep integration with Windows Phone

Skype VP confirms upcoming deep integration with Windows Phone
Apple doesn't let Skype use the iOS video processing system, Android doesn't give it access to the address book, but with Windows Phone the communication software won't have such problems, and it will be deeply integrated throughout Microsoft's mobile OS, says Skype's VP Neil Stevens.

The Microsoft/Skype $8.5 billion deal is pending regulatory approval, expected to arrive by year-end. It sparked rumors that Redmond might be limiting the best features of the new releases to the WP platform, which Microsoft denied.

It looks, however, that the advantage of Skype being now part of the Microsoft brand will come from a different angle. Neil Stevens doesn't even imagine an app will be needed to make a Skype call, or fire up a chat session with anyone in WP, that's how deep of an integration he envisions - it "can show people what a really great Skype experience is like when there are no hardware or vendor limitations”, he said.

Skype will be creeping onto other parts of Microsoft's ecosystem, too, like Kinect, the Lync enterprise communication program, and eventually Windows 8 - certainly a bright future shaping up, but we'll spare judgement until we see it integrated.

via Forbes

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12 Comments

1. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

There is an operator boycott against WP7 coming !

5. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

Who the hell uses thier phone as a phone anymore? People over 75 yrs old? Smartphones are all about data and skype calls are just more data. Carriers have a plan for that, why is the sky falling?

6. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I dont think the operators have any plan of letting Skype take over their business.

9. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

My point is that the carrier's business is not voice, but data. Skype therefore does not take away thier business but instead contributes to it. I have the lowest amount of minutes my carrier offers [in a shared plan] and between three lines I barely scratch 100 minutes used in a month. Some of those are nights and weekend minutes too so I realistally need only 75 minutes amonth in my plan for 3 lines. I am on an unlimited data plan however, and this is by design because I will always use lots of data. I may not be typical, but my usage does not deviate too far from the norm.

2. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

:( damn too bad... we will get better integration witch is AWESOME as always but the freakin operators will stole things again ... and will drive users away from our precious OS =\ it's a shame :(

3. cj100570

Posts: 204; Member since: May 12, 2009

"Apple doesn't let Skype use the iOS video processing system, Android doesn't give it access to the address book" I can't speak on the iOS issue but Skype most definitely has access to the Android address book. When you 1st install it it even asks if you want your non Skype contacts to be shown in the Skype address book.

10. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I think what they meant was that Android does not allow Skype to be integrated with Android's native address book, which is what Skype is planning for WP7. That's actually why I am a user and fan of WP7; I like the fact that they integrate all this functionality into the OS itself rather than making me open up apps every time I want to do something.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I called this right after the acquisition of Skype was announced.... Expect WP7 to get all of the new Skype development efforts, and the Android and iOS editions to be frozen. Hopefully the Android development community will come up with a replacement.

8. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I do not think frozen, as Microsoft has to see how big of a cash cow this could be and how big of a mistake it would be to not market Skype to other companies. But W7 and W8 devices and computers will get the best goodies, that is for sure.

7. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

They need to get better picture quality and video fluidity at much lower bandwidth!

11. humboldt1 unregistered

WTF? IS AN OPERATOR STRIKE? FIRE THEM? LONG LIVE WP7 From EX Evo and iPhone user

12. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

With you!!

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