Skype coming to Windows Phone 7

Skype, the well-known VoIP service slowly making its way onto every mobile device, has been confirmed to soon offer a Windows Phone 7 app. Confirmed at the MIX11 conference, the announcement was made by Microsoft's VP of Windows Phone Program Management Joe Belfiore earlier today.

While details are scarce, the question on everyone's lips is whether or not users can expect video calling support. Considering the lack of front-facing camera on current Windows Phone 7 devices, Skype would currently be restricted to a one-way video chat. Although the feature is not particularly useful, it could make for a welcome stop gap until Microsoft delivers support for front-facing cameras.

Video calling on Skype has already made its way to iOS and Android devices, albeit in the form of a leaked app for the HTC Thunderbolt on Android. Skype are keen to move forward into the mobile video calling arena, and while not all current Windows phones have a camera, Nokia's announced support for the platform is likely to bring a slew of front-camera touting phones onto the scene.

Skype for Windows Phone 7 will be available to download this autumn.

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I'm planning on buying a Omnia 7. I think I'll probably wait till all these updates have happened before I actually get it.

Tom said,
I'm planning on buying a Omnia 7. I think I'll probably wait till all these updates have happened before I actually get it.
As it is right now, WP7 works very well.
You don't need to wait after Mango is released.

If what you are waiting for are new handsets, that's another story, though. The current offerings are very good in their right. I have an LG Optimus 7 and I couldn't be happier.

Well, I don't use Skype, but this is cool. I'm always glad to see highly desired apps coming to WP7. And maybe it will take the hardware forward some too...

They seem to be doing a good job cooperating with Skype to make an awesome looking client... so why can't they work with themselves and make a damn good Windows Live Messenger Client!?

~Johnny said,
They seem to be doing a good job cooperating with Skype to make an awesome looking client... so why can't they work with themselves and make a damn good Windows Live Messenger Client!?
This!
I'm growing tired of waiting for a proper Window Live Messenger client from Microsoft, not the miyowa crappy app that is currently available.

I believe that video calling is not that useful. Instead we could use our phones with the Skype service to call worldwide on the cheap or even text chat among different platforms...

ajua said,
This!
I'm growing tired of waiting for a proper Window Live Messenger client from Microsoft, not the miyowa crappy app that is currently available.
Actually when Joe was being interviewed by channel 9 after the keynote, he on many occasions mentioned that MIX is mostly about new features that *developers* can use, not *end-user* features, as they are yet to be discovered. So... fingers crossed... integrated messenger in People hub? One can dream, though.

Koki.v3 said,
Actually when Joe was being interviewed by channel 9 after the keynote, he on many occasions mentioned that MIX is mostly about new features that *developers* can use, not *end-user* features, as they are yet to be discovered. So... fingers crossed... integrated messenger in People hub? One can dream, though.
My ideal Messenger would be one that show toasts notifications when someone sends a msg and pretty much acts as another SMS message for that matter. If I want to chat with someone, go to people hub, see my contact status and have the option to send a Messenger msg. A live tile would show my status and number of active conversations to quick-jump to any of them.

Simple, but dreaming is free right?

~Johnny said,
They seem to be doing a good job cooperating with Skype to make an awesome looking client... so why can't they work with themselves and make a damn good Windows Live Messenger Client!?

i personally believe they are done with messenger.. I think Lync would likely take it over as there new messenger for all ..