Skype's future with Microsoft detailed

Microsoft's decision to acquire the Skype Internet phone service back in May for $8.5 billion was a bit of shock to many people in the industry. A few months after that announcement was made, we are still waiting for that acquisition to officially close (US regulators have approved the sale but Microsoft and Skype are still waiting to hear from European countries). However, Skype is already thinking about its future as a division of Microsoft.

According to a Forbes interview, Neil Stevens, Skype’s vice president and general manager of products and marketing, says that the company is already thinking about creating a Skype app specifically for Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system. Stevens hints that that such an app might have a different look and feel than a typical smartphone app. Part of the reason is that Microsoft should allow more access than Apple or Google to their smartphone operating systems. He says, "A Windows Phone app, if done well, can show people what a really great Skype experience is like when there are no hardware or vendor limitations." Look for Skype to be added to other Microsoft products once the deal is approved, including Xbox 360's Xbox Live and, of course, the upcoming Windows 8 operating system.

Skype is also trying to include more ads in its products. Stevens says the company is looking into several ways to incorporate ads in Skype. Skype's new partnership with Facebook will also continue. It recently helped Facebook to launch a video chat feature and plans to add support for outgoing calls from Facebook to cellphones and landlines.

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Soham said,
skype is european

Really? Since when? I guess the investment group was there then? I could have swore it was based out of CA...

Thanks for the correction. That makes more sense now. lol

Sraf said,

This is what we in the biz call an "Oh, snap!"

Yeah, I'd say. Whoops... I guess with all the changing of hands I lost track... lol

M_Lyons10 said,

Really? Since when? I guess the investment group was there then? I could have swore it was based out of CA...

Thanks for the correction. That makes more sense now. lol

Skype was based in Luxembourg.

M_Lyons10 said,
What say does the EU really have in the purchase of a US company by a US company? I really think they're overstepping here...

Of course, knowing the EU, they're probably just looking for some money and they'll go away...

Skype was developed and made in Sweden.

M_Lyons10 said,
What say does the EU really have in the purchase of a US company by a US company? I really think they're overstepping here...

Of course, knowing the EU, they're probably just looking for some money and they'll go away...

Of course MS and Skype dont need EU approval but in that case they shouldnt be able to provide Skype for people who live in the EU.

Its just that. It doesnt matter where are the compaines based.

Isn't Skype really Danish? You know...since it was created by a guy, Janus Friis, based in Denmark - the same guy that created KaZaa.

M_Lyons10 said,
What say does the EU really have in the purchase of a US company by a US company? I really think they're overstepping here...

Of course, knowing the EU, they're probably just looking for some money and they'll go away...

I think it's more to do with the risk of monopoly in the markets in which the resulting company would operate, rather than where they based on. the EU shouldn't either have a say on whether microsoft or intel (american based) resort to anti-competitive practices, but they sell their products in europe. so they do have a say.

~Johnny said,
I suppose he forgot Microsoft showed off a prototype of the Windows Phone 7 Skype app months ago, and confirmed it was coming

http://www.engadget.com/2011/0...pe-coming-to-windows-phone/

Granted it probably isn't being written inhouse by Skype I do hope once the deal goes through Microsoft will integrate it directly with the OS though, which they probably will, win win for consumers.

Yeah, it would be pretty cool to have it built right into WP... I wonder how much the carriers will fight that though... lol

M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah, it would be pretty cool to have it built right into WP... I wonder how much the carriers will fight that though... lol


I dont think they will fight it too much, if at all. Pretty much all tariffs these days have a download allowance as part of them now, which would restrict how much skype etc could be used per month. If anything, if people were to use Skype as their primary method of communication they would have to take out a bigger plan with their carrier as they would require a larger allowance. Unlimited allowances are a rarity these days

Tk1917 said,

I dont think they will fight it too much, if at all. Pretty much all tariffs these days have a download allowance as part of them now, which would restrict how much skype etc could be used per month. If anything, if people were to use Skype as their primary method of communication they would have to take out a bigger plan with their carrier as they would require a larger allowance. Unlimited allowances are a rarity these days

True, but I was thinking more along the lines of Wi-Fi... I've never had Skype on a phone, but I would assume that it would allow you to contact people over Wi-Fi, which the carrier would probably not be too enthused about...

And if they fight stupid things like allowing you to pair your phone with a laptop so you can use data you're already paying for, then they'd have issue with just about anything. lol

They should build it in to the phone app and give the option to use either phone or skype to complete the call. I'd rather that than a standalone app.

dogmai79 said,
They should build it in to the phone app and give the option to use either phone or skype to complete the call. I'd rather that than a standalone app.

Yeah, that would be nice.

the company is already thinking about creating a Skype app specifically for Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system

Erm... forgive me, but why on earth were you NOT thinking about this already?

TCLN Ryster said,

Erm... forgive me, but why on earth were you NOT thinking about this already?

They were Microsoft showed off the official Skype client for Windows Phone 7 in May.

~Johnny said,

They were Microsoft showed off the official Skype client for Windows Phone 7 in May.


Then what was that paragraph in the article about? Does the guy who made that statement have no clue what's going on or something?

So depending on how much Microsoft integrates Skype into Win8, we could have the same scenario between Skype and Google voice that we had in the 90s between IE and Netscape that led to the anti-trust lawsuits. Probably Microsoft has learned that lesson, but I fully expect Google to at least complain, if not prod the DOJ to investigate.

Look for Skype to be added to other Microsoft products once the deal is approved, including Xbox 360's Xbox Live and, of course, the upcoming Windows 8 operating system.

Useless Post,
It's like you order a Laptop, and I suggest:
Look for Laptop to be used with your other products once you recieve it, including Mobiles, Music Players, Gaming Consoles, and of course, your upcoming purchases like Tablets.

Oh goody, more ads. The Windows version of Skype already looks like it's design came straight from the arse and the only reason why the Mac version looks relatively unoffensive (even though it takes longer to start than ****in' Photoshop) is probably because it's a bit behind in development.

KingCrimson said,
Alot of hype, no substance. How will Skype on WP7 be superior to FaceTime on iPhones?
Nothing could ever be better than an Apple product! No way! Hahah, give me a break. Microsoft, despite what techies, who only make anti microsoft comments to seem more intelligent, say actually makes really good software. Skype is already awesome and combines with MS i can only see great things happening.

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