Microsoft: Skype for Windows Phone coming "soon"

Microsoft bought Skype back in October for $12.5 billion but since then there hasn't been much in the way of new software and hardware products that represent a true collaboration between Skype and Microsoft products. In a video interview conducted by Microsoft at CES 2012, Skype's vice president of products Rick Osterloh said that collaboration is still in the works.

Perhaps the biggest question for Skype fans concerns when a Skype client will be released for Windows Phone devices. In the interview, Osterloh said that Skype is working on a Windows Phone version but declined to give out a date, saying only it would be "coming out soon." He also stated that Skype is working to bring its software to other Microsoft properties, including the Xbox 360 and, of course, Windows 8.

Microsoft announced during the CES 2012 keynote address that Skype now has over 200 million monthly users. Those users have been talking on the phone via Skype for a total of 300 billion minutes in 2011, increasing to over 1 billion per day. Skype also recently announced that Skype-to-Skype calls amounted to almost 25 percent of the total number of international telephone minutes made in 2011.

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Why can't Microsoft be secretive like Apple and then *bam* unveil some brilliant new feature at a BUILD conference to the astonishment of the tech press?

it would be cool if they integrate wlm into skype so i can ditch the useless worthless and crappy wlm 2011...

xpclient said,
I wonder if they will release it also for WM 6.5.

hahaha, oh, you're being serious!!!

Why would they waste time and money supporting an outdated version of Microsofts' Mobile Platform?

I have a WM6.5 device for work and it isn't a bad OS, just outdated so chances of supporting it with Skype are non existant.

It'd be nice if they just fix the Skype Windows Client. Skype on Windows 7 SUCKS!

Edited by Dot Matrix, Jan 15 2012, 2:52am :

Dot Matrix said,
It'd be nice if they just fix the Skype Windows Client. Skype on Windows 7 SUCKS!

Its amazing you still cant "Exit" the application.

htcz said,

Its amazing you still cant "Exit" the application.

Except you can, right click on the icon on the taskbar and click "Quit Skype" on the Jump List.

qdave said,
Metro Skype for iPhone would be quite neat too

Or you could just buy a Windows Phone and download the Metro version of the Skype app when it's released.

Edited by neo158, Jan 15 2012, 1:24am :

neo158 said,

Or you could just buy a Windows Phone and download the Metro version of the Skype app when it's released.


maybe someday in the future..but for now i am stuck with itelephone

For $12.5 billion you'd think $100k would go to a few programmers who would have an app put together in a couple of weeks.

Enron said,
For $12.5 billion you'd think $100k would go to a few programmers who would have an app put together in a couple of weeks.

A couple of weeks? Writing the app is a fraction of the work. You have to also test it robustly to ensure its a successful product. There is no point getting out super quick if you get tons of negative user feedback. Then some smart Alec will come along and state that they should have spent the time to test it first ! I don't think waiting 6 months for a new better more integrated client when all their current skype and windows plans were all underway is unreasonable. In fact I'd expect it could take up to a year. I'd like it quicker but I am prepared to wait for a quality product.

as147 said,

A couple of weeks? Writing the app is a fraction of the work. You have to also test it robustly to ensure its a successful product. There is no point getting out super quick if you get tons of negative user feedback. Then some smart Alec will come along and state that they should have spent the time to test it first ! I don't think waiting 6 months for a new better more integrated client when all their current skype and windows plans were all underway is unreasonable. In fact I'd expect it could take up to a year. I'd like it quicker but I am prepared to wait for a quality product.

In the Smartphones segment six months, or even worse one year, are a very long, long time.....

Enron said,
For $12.5 billion you'd think $100k would go to a few programmers who would have an app put together in a couple of weeks.

Skype is probably using some API which aren't available in Mango. So it will be released along Tango or Apollo.

Anthonyd said,

Skype is probably using some API which aren't available in Mango. So it will be released along Tango or Apollo.

Unlikely as Skype was announced before Mango was released, I believe it was an issue with developer support for sockets.

neo158 said,

Unlikely as Skype was announced before Mango was released, I believe it was an issue with developer support for sockets.


Issues with sockets fixed in tango/apollo

Anthonyd said,

Issues with sockets fixed in tango/apollo

Actually support for sockets was added in Mango, that's why Skype was annouced before Mango was launched. If you have some evidence to back up your comment I'll gladly take a look at it.

FMH said,
The interface of 'Skype for Windows Phone', is just splendid.
No comparison with other platforms.

Why would it look like other platforms? A good programer should design according to the Android design guide, the iPhone design guide and Windows Phone design guide.

FMH said,
The interface of 'Skype for Windows Phone', is just splendid.
No comparison with other platforms.

How do you know???

UndergroundWire said,

Why would it look like other platforms? A good programer should design according to the Android design guide, the iPhone design guide and Windows Phone design guide.

True, true. But some Android apps look better, than the same apps on other platforms.
Over here, I think WP's version wins.

FMH said,

True, true. But some Android apps look better, than the same apps on other platforms.
Over here, I think WP's version wins.


Then you didn't get what I was saying. You like Windows Phone, so the apps designed for it should stick to their design standards. It is better only because you think so. Care to give me valid points on why it is better?

UndergroundWire said,

Then you didn't get what I was saying. You like Windows Phone, so the apps designed for it should stick to their design standards. It is better only because you think so. Care to give me valid points on why it is better?

It is cleaner, and meaner. But seriously. Design preference is completely subjective.

I just pray Skype for Windows Phone will allow me to use the Messaging app to message all of my Skype contacts, rather then having to do it in a separate environment.

The Teej said,
I just pray Skype for Windows Phone will allow me to use the Messaging app to message all of my Skype contacts, rather then having to do it in a separate environment.

That would be cool.

flexkeyboard said,
You'll have to wait for Apollo

Thing is, Apollo is actually WP8 - what's the chances of my Lumia 800 getting that update?

great news, please be as quick with the android update. the feedback commetns on the
andoidmarket are shocking. it realy does need redoing from the ground up and the skype devs were just lazy and didnt care.

cleverclogs said,
Come onnnnnnnnnn!

i would rather them wait and cook it into the OS then to release a seperate app like they did with MSN when WP7 first came out.. it sucked at first

Lachlan said,

i would rather them wait and cook it into the OS then to release a seperate app like they did with MSN when WP7 first came out.. it sucked at first

Why?

AFAIK MSN wasn't baked into the OS. With Mango, Messenger was along with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

I would rather have an app now and then have it baked into the OS later, just like LinkedIn.

neo158 said,

Why?

AFAIK MSN wasn't baked into the OS. With Mango, Messenger was along with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

I would rather have an app now and then have it baked into the OS later, just like LinkedIn.

Same here, i rather have an app over having it baked into the OS. They should make it an app and, like win8, allow OS to interact with it (using contracts). I don't like the built-in Facebook, twitter app in Mango, only very few functions available.