We already know that Skype decided to drop support for Skype on Windows Mobile 6.x and Android (now only offering it in partnership with mobile carriers…) a couple of weeks ago so it shouldn’t come as a surprise if the VOIP service isn’t initially available on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 OS especially given strict software developement requirements. The only problem is that the source of the this “news” is far from being the most reliable website when it comes to Windows Mobile and Android related stuff (just check this one from Jan 09 ). Anyway here’s what they are saying:
Speaking an event in Sydney Dan Neary Asia Pacific Vice President for Skype was hesitant to explain why no development was taking place for the new Windows Mobile offering, however he did say that the VOIP communication Company was developing new offerings for the iPhone, iPad and Android based phones.
People should also note that Microsoft has its own VOIP offerings (Windows Live Call which is part of Messenger and Office Communicator) that could be part of WP7 in the future and this wouldn’t be surprised now that Redmond company is tightly integrating all of its online services into Windows Phone.
UPDATE: Here’s what Dan Neary actually said according to APC MAG:
“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”
See? Not a single mention of Windows Phone 7 (looks like he is actually talking about WM6.X here, you know… the OS that they no longer support)
And here’s what he said about Windows Phone 7:
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 best deployed on other operating systems (for now) and we’ll see how the space evolves.”
UPDATE 2: Thansk to Dave (in the comments) here’s exactly what was said:
Hi, I was actually at the briefing yesterday and support for windows phone 7 was my question to Dan (being a HTC Touch Pro user currently).
Initially Dan was defensive and indicated there would be no support for the platform as the company was focusing on other opportunities (getting a proper iPad client out the door) however when pressed as to why Windows Phone 7 wasn’t even on the horizon for Skype, he backed down slightly and indicated (reading between the lines) that Skype would be reviewing Windows Phone 7 support after the platform launches and seeing how the market develops.