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Skype Non-Committal About Windows Phone 7 Development

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Skype Non-Committal About Windows Phone 7 Development

Here's something to send a chill down Microsoft's spine...

Skype, the world's largest VoIP provider, has revealed a hugely cautious attitude to developing a mobile version of its software for Windows Phone 7. Speaking at an event in Sydney, the company's VP for Asia Pacific Dan Neary was quoted as saying: "{it is} not developing software for the new Windows Mobile software due later this year."

Since this comment there have been a raft of qualifications, but Skype's attitude remains cagey at best clarifying: "We try and focus not only where the need is but where the best experience is, and we feel that the best areas for us to develop are on the operating systems that we currently support – iPhone, Symbian, BlackBerry and now Android. A Skype app for Windows Phone 7 is on the roadmap, the question is how quickly we’re going to get to it. We feel that we are best deployed on other operating systems and we’ll see how the space evolves."

Skype has made similar follow-up comments to other publications each time saying it would evaluate Windows Phone 7, but either a) refusing to discuss future plans or b) suggesting it is in no rush back it.

Skype's hesitant position comes just weeks after it scrapped the Windows Mobile app citing the OS as providing a substandard experience and no longer wanting its app associated with it. This certainly sends out an ominous message to other third party developers, let alone Microsoft which will be desperate to attract these app makers - despite potential shortcomings - as it looks to start from scratch on a whole new platform. As for Skype, clearly it's a case of once burned...

In related news Skype has released the first public beta for Skype 5.0. Currently Windows only (yes, I see the irony), the beta's big news is five... yes five way video calling and if you can find a use for that then your mind is obviously more creative/warped than mine. Download it from the link below.

Links:

Via MobileTechWorld

Via APC Mag

Skype 5.0 Beta

jopey

May 14, 2010, 5:47 am

Video podcasting would probably be the main use for 5 way video calls. Or if you you've got relatives over seas they might want to see a family wedding from multiple angles lol.

Gordon394

May 14, 2010, 5:49 am

@jopey - I take back the "creative/warped" comment and replace it with "cleaner"

xenos

May 14, 2010, 7:16 am

Microsoft have a problem here, to be competitive in terms of handset sales they can't afford for there not to be a wide variety of apps available for WM7. However, financially they are one of a very small number of companies where product success after such a large investment won't affect their solvency. Given that everybody knows they aren't going anywhere I expect eventually there will be a pretty large number of apps available, even if it's a bit slow going to begin with.





Five way video calls do sound kind of fun, I could certainly use it to catch up with college friends at uni, most of whom know each other :) - Also huge business use for this in smaller companies as its free and they only need an account and a webcam!

xenos

May 14, 2010, 7:18 am

..and a microphone ;)

Bytes

May 14, 2010, 7:52 am

This is not an official statement. Basically if Windows Phone 7 actually does sell well, then the developers will be interested in making a version for it, if not, then there is no point. It's just wasted time and resources for a failing device.





The phone OS is really new (well not even out yet). It will take time.


I am sure that as soon as the Phone OS is out, and figures shows that it's selling well, Flash will come on it, Opera, Skype, and many more, as well as new OS updates that makes this phone OS even more interesting.

Gordon394

May 14, 2010, 8:26 am

@Bytes - that's a fair point. I suspect multi-tasking is one feature Skype is particularly frustrated the OS will be launching without...

GoldenGuy

May 14, 2010, 10:16 am

You say warped Gordon, but the pictured family is substantially more unsettling than anything I had in mind. They're all smiling like that bloke, Gordon Brown.

Peter 20

May 14, 2010, 5:23 pm

Is this really that big of a surprise? anyone who ever used skype on a WinMo device knows very well that the "experience" is "sucky" at best. Call quality is poor, performance slow, and no options at all to adjust or change the audio levels (mic input, so on...). I think Skype is making a very good move focusing on platforms where skype can really show off it's attributes rather than just exist.

jingyeow

May 17, 2010, 3:10 am

Why does Windows Phone 7 "feel" like another Vista? I can't explain the feeling but its the same one you get watching England's World Cup Campaign...

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