Microsoft refuses to comment on future Skype integration at Mango event

During the press conference for Microsoft’s Windows Phone “Mango” the Windows Phone team confirmed a lot of rumors that have been speculated over in recent days, including that Mango would bring 500 more features to the operating system.

 

While there were a lot of different topics discussed, in the developer session with Brandon Watson, the Lead of the Developer Experience team for Windows Phone we inquired whether they would be bringing the type of Skype integration that they have provided for Facebook and Twitter. Brandon responded by confirming that there would be a Skype app coming to the marketplace but could not confirm a time, as the Skype deal had only just been made. He then refused to comment on the type of integration, if any, with the Windows phone although we suspect that the Skype app will receive a similar type of integration that Facebook and Twitter have.

It was only two weeks ago that the official word from Microsoft was announced and one of the biggest acquisitions in history was made. Microsoft paid Skype an incredible $8.5 billion in cash which was rumored earlier that Monday night.

The acquisition means good things for Microsoft as it gives them a great edge against Apple’s Facetime. Given Skype has an established user base of 170 million users it will most likely have an effect on Facetime, especially if the Skype app is free.

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It would be illegal for them to talk about Skype integration beyond anything that they had planned before the merger. Until the merger has completed in the eyes of the regulators, they cannot start integrating their teams and discussing their future together in real terms.

This story, and the similar story bashing Microsoft on Slashdot due to Skype shutting down some service are ignorant of the laws and regulations present in both the US and the EU. It would be outrageously stupid for Microsoft to do anything to overstep these bounds given the very real, very watchful eye of the government especially after just having shed the even more watchful, in-house eye.

I think the word "refuses" is wrong, since "speculate" would be better. ink is not even dry yet on the paper and you expect them to have something already? Give them a break. You can criticize them for being slow with new features, but this is just pushing it.

vhaakmat said,
I think the word "refuses" is wrong, since "speculate" would be better. ink is not even dry yet on the paper and you expect them to have something already? Give them a break. You can criticize them for being slow with new features, but this is just pushing it.

+1

I saw an interview recently on bbc's hardtalk an interview with Bill Gates in which he praised microsoft for buying skype,that id from one of the founders that as quoted as saying "the internet is a fad" in the early days

A very gray history company in which they destroyed windows messenger, msn messenger by putting in welcome log in pops and made it bloatware.

Skype is an over hyped piece of software which has being new ,compared to yahoo ,paltalk,icq,because they all have video /voice .

Microsoft should stick to there operatiing system .

ragey said,
I saw an interview recently on bbc's hardtalk an interview with Bill Gates in which he praised microsoft for buying skype,that id from one of the founders that as quoted as saying "the internet is a fad" in the early days

A very gray history company in which they destroyed windows messenger, msn messenger by putting in welcome log in pops and made it bloatware.

Skype is an over hyped piece of software which has being new ,compared to yahoo ,paltalk,icq,because they all have video /voice .

Microsoft should stick to there operatiing system .


actually WLM isnt that bloatware, the ads are surprisingly not that anoying, never have.. i've seen so much worse.
oh and the welcome screen, easy to disable.

and skype is still superior in video convos.

either way, haters be hating, maybe you should try what your ranting about for once

ragey said,
I saw an interview recently on bbc's hardtalk an interview with Bill Gates in which he praised microsoft for buying skype,that id from one of the founders that as quoted as saying "the internet is a fad" in the early days

A very gray history company in which they destroyed windows messenger, msn messenger by putting in welcome log in pops and made it bloatware.

Skype is an over hyped piece of software which has being new ,compared to yahoo ,paltalk,icq,because they all have video /voice .

Microsoft should stick to there operatiing system .

Firstly.............what!?

And finally - Skype is not over-hyped; if you have ever lived overseas and tried to keep in touch with 'back home' you will see it's not HYPE. Just great functionality and ease of use... simples!

zikalify said,
I dont like skype on phones, ill make do with facebook chat and texting then skype when I get home
I live in Australia at the mo, I talk with my sister back home in the UK with Skype. She uses it on her Android phone as an app and I use it on my laptop. It's perfect because their internet is **** but she gets a great 3g connection!

Indeed, no need to hurry, there are plenty of alternatives to Skype. I m really happy about all the updates though. Waiting for Nokia now to come out with a phone that will knock my socks off.

It is probably way too soon for them to be trying to integrate it for the Mango release. They have a lot of infrastructure and technology to pull together before we see deep integration in Windows Phone. However, they did say a Skype app was coming so hopefully with the front-facing cam API we can still do in-app video chats

wixostrix said,
It is probably way too soon for them to be trying to integrate it for the Mango release. They have a lot of infrastructure and technology to pull together before we see deep integration in Windows Phone. However, they did say a Skype app was coming so hopefully with the front-facing cam API we can still do in-app video chats

for sure.. they will have the skype app but Im guessing windows phone 8 will have it build in really nice for all the use.. Around the same time as the release of Windows 8