Video of Skype for Windows Phone 8 demoed on HTC 8X

Video of Skype for Windows Phone 8 demoed on HTC 8X
Derrick Snyder, the man leading the mobile marketing effort at Skype, offered up a demonstration of how deeply integrated Skype is with Windows Phone 8. After Microsoft acquired Skype late last year, it was widely expected that Microsoft would embed Skype deep within the Windows ecosystem.

The formal release of Windows 8 on October 26th will certainly allow us to see the computing and tablet integration. What about Windows Phone 8?  Well, we get to look at a brief, semi-in-depth look at how Microsoft has developed a native app for the all-new mobile platform and it is, by and large, looking great.

The app will run in the background for starters. Naturally, it is integrated with your PIM (people hub) and will even ring with the Skype ringtone so you know it is not a normal cellular call. Group chat is available and calls can be initiated from contact profiles. About the only option we did not see was the ability to integrate the Skype messaging into the Messages feature (like for SMS, MMS, Live and Facebook), but that may have been overlooked in this short demonstration.

It is a significant improvement over the app that is currently available to Windows Phone 7.5 users and is certainly something we are looking forward to seeing. Right at the end, we get a peek at the wide-field front-facing camera of the HTC Windows Phone 8X being used in the demo. That is another feature we are also eager to try out.

source: wpcentral


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11 Comments

1. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

With Skype running in the background a bigger battery should be added. And i really think M$, has taken Nokia for a ride (sorta like the mafia did back in the olden days), just to get a hold on that camera. I feel sorry for Nokia, but then again, HTCs phone does look nice.

2. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

I will be comparing the two when they both launch. I love music so I am leaning towards HTC with the beats audio solution.

7. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

well Nokia has Dolby digital..

9. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Which is meh...

3. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Beats audio doesn't really change anything, I've tested it and even the galaxy s3performs better than the HTC one X. I don't really know about the windows phone version though.

5. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

The WP version has a dedicated amp on each output. This should really make for a great musical experience. Its something not alot of phones have. I looking forward to this.

11. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

okay, that helped

4. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Beats on androids is software only... the 8X has 2 amps build in

6. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Get back to me when they make something thats not a simple rectangle.. somethign with a QWERTY keyboard maybe.

8. mrmooresince19xx

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

@cdgoin I'm waiting on a pentaband Nokia e7 style windows 8 phone with a nice QWERTY, autofocus, dual-core, and I'm good...

10. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I remember my HTC Touch Pro 2 having kick azz sound (not even for its time, it still out performs MANY MODERN smartphones - based on sound alone). HTC has differentiated their Windows Phone 8X from other "Beats" Android phones with software AND added amplifier.

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