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Microsoft reveals Skype & 3rd party VOIP integration for Windows Phone 8

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Microsoft today announced the expansion of voice over telephony (VOIP) for Windows Phone 8, enabling the integration of Skype into the phone OS in addition to any other 3rd party VOIP applications.

Come this fall users will be able to have Skype as well as any 3rd party VOIP clients fully integrated into the Windows Phone dialer and contacts, giving a near seamless user experience. Background tasks and notifications will be handled by the OS allowing VOIP apps to manage calls across cellular and data connections. In addition, Bluetooth connectivity will also "just work" with Skype and other VOIP apps.

Developers will appreciate the array of new APIs that allow them to “plug in” to the Windows Phone 8 VOIP system while maintaining application and system stability.

The announcement comes on the heels of the Windows Phone 7 app update and should alleviate current user cmplaints about Skype's limitations on the platform, which we've detailed in the past.

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Microsoft reveals Skype & 3rd party VOIP integration for Windows Phone 8

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Bye Bye crappy iPhone windows phone 8 has just killed your facetime. Windows phone 8 has been Wowing people and love the new UI and live tiles Look.

Yay! Knew it was coming but still yay! Now if only I had a WP8 device I hope they show some off later :P

I agree...we need an offical Yes/No from the big wigs instead of just user speculation...  For me, Skype would be the one thing that could make or break 7.8 for me...(meaning I wouldn't care about not getting 8.0)

I highly doubt it will be the same level of integration but I am sure the client will improve more and more over time.

honestly people, did you really think current hardware came with higher screen resolution, dual-core? No we didn't, so we shouldn't fool ourselves thinking gen 1 & 2 would get all the features. I can hold on the my L900 because I'd rather buy the sureface in October anyway.

honestly people, did you really think current hardware came with higher screen resolution, dual-core? No we didn't, so we shouldn't fool ourselves thinking gen 1 & 2 would get all the features. I can hold on the my L900 because I'd rather buy the sureface in October anyway.

I bet you apple co founder must be watching this hahaha Steven Wozniak probably wants get wp 8 hahaha iPhone and android phone sucks

Yes is this on wp7.8 because if all we are getting is a goddamn start screen im going to be pretty damn mad im happy we are getting some kind of update but seriously

im pretty sure they never said that, remember the part where it says 7.8 is getting most of the features except the ones that require hardware?

I understand that they eventually need to leave the older gen 1 users, but if they don't include this in 7.8 their going to get some bad rep, I don't give a toss about the other shit

@daniel or other WPCentral guys. I've noticed (or may have missed) no one has commented if Skype integration coming to 7.8. Is this purely because you don't know or its best we don't know or when we read coming to Windows 8 its exactly what it says and not Windows 7.8?