Windows Phone Mango finally confirmed to support front-facing cameras, Skype integration coming soon

Windows Phone Mango finally confirmed to support front-facing cameras, Skype integration coming soon
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.

source: WindowsPhoneNZ via NeoWin

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9 Comments

1. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

Microsoft’s Lync client?? I don't see anything... that thing didn't work.. lol

2. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

3. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

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)

6. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

@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

4. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

If the carriers want to ban WP7 phones because of that, I'll get mine unlocked somewhere else and put a SIM card in it. Simple as that.

8. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

But the thing is, most phones are sold from a carrier on contract.

9. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

Not on Amazon or ebay.

10. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

i know that, but the average consumer usually walks into a carrier store and buys his / her phone there with a contract.

5. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

Only problem is that no one uses Skype anymore. G+ video is here.

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