Skype is baked deep in Windows Phone 8

If you currently use Skype on Windows Phone 7, you will know that it has a lot to be desired. We all knew that Skype would see improved support with Windows Phone 8 and now we are getting a better look at what all that will entail.

Skype will act, and all VOIP apps for that matter, like the native phone application and it will work on top of the lock screen as well. Of course, Skype will work in the background too which should appease those of us who like to use Skype and other applications at the same time.

Windows Phone 8 will be landing this holiday season and will bring a host of new features that you can read about here. Microsoft also made it clear that all of the Windows Phone 8 features have not been announced and we will make sure to keep you informed as Microsoft shines an even brighter light on Windows Phone 8. 

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winaxter said,
Pretty deceiving title. It's an app like any other VOIP app, its not baked in.

The "baked in" is the VOIP multitasking that is sorely lacking in the current 7.x phones. This sounds GREAT for WP8 but will the 7.8 update for existing phones include this capability as well?

Did you read the article? I clearly said all VOIP apps get this treatment, including Skype..Microsoft owns Skype, we love Microsoft here at Neowin so we are going to use their product in the title.

Asmodai said,

The "baked in" is the VOIP multitasking that is sorely lacking in the current 7.x phones. This sounds GREAT for WP8 but will the 7.8 update for existing phones include this capability as well?

dont know about the disparities between 7.8/8, but seeing as 7.8 isn't windows kernel, i doubt it has access to these API's.

And i was just pointing out the fact that skype is no different than any other VOIP app, so skype shouldnt be in the title at all, better to replace it with VOIP.

bdsams said,
Did you read the article? I clearly said all VOIP apps get this treatment, including Skype..Microsoft owns Skype, we love Microsoft here at Neowin so we are going to use their product in the title.

I read the article, im not saying the article is incorrect, im saying the title is deceiving

winaxter said,

dont know about the disparities between 7.8/8, but seeing as 7.8 isn't windows kernel, i doubt it has access to these API's.

And i was just pointing out the fact that skype is no different than any other VOIP app, so skype shouldnt be in the title at all, better to replace it with VOIP.


Windows is no kernel, NT is just like Debian/Ubuntu isnt a kernel, linux is