Working on a Windows Phone product
The instant messaging and video calling application Skype is currently working on a Windows Phone product but the release date is still unknown.
Skype has recently been bought by Microsoft for a huge $8.5 billion and originally the application was due to be released by the end of the year. At a recent Consumer Electronic Show, vice-president of the Skype division at Microsoft Rick Osterloh announced it would be available “soon”.
The move by Skype surprised many because even though the Windows Phone is owned by Microsoft, it is the only mobile operating system that doesn’t have a fully-fledged Skype client. Apple has already introduced video calling with its Facetime feature.
Mobile networks tend to make most of their money from voice calls and Skype converts voice calls into data traffic, which is less profitable.
Integrations with Xbox, Windows 8 and Facebook
Osterloh also revealed there will be integrations with Microsoft’s Xbox and Windows 8 to look forward to and Facebook contacts will be incorporated into the main Skype interface.
One of the key strategic focuses for Skype is to try and get users to pay for premium services rather than choosing the free options. The premium service includes users being able to take part in group video calling with up to ten people.
The Skype application for Windows Phone is expected to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress next month and a more detailed integration is not expected to be complete until the operating system is updated later on this year.
p>Skype has revealed they now have over 200 million users. It is a huge growth for the company and their planned integrations are expected to be a huge success this year.