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Skype: still nothing for Windows Phone 7 at MWC

We had a chance to talk with Skype last night here at Mobile World Congress and as of now, no news and nothing revealed regarding Windows Phone 7 and an official client for WP7.

Of course, we were chatting with PR people who only know what they are told, so for all we know deep in Skype's labs they could be finally cooking something up (never underestimate corporate secrecy). But on their front lines, they're still taking the position of "it's something we have to look into" with nothing significant to report and there was no hope or hint of anything in the works.

Sigh.

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

6 Comments
  • This isn't a surprise, it's been said time and again that they won't do a client till they get access to the APIs they need, maybe with the a few of the updates in place we'l see Skype for WP7 in the summer, if all goes well.
  • I think we've seen the sum of WP7 news at MWC at yesterday's keynote, all the talk is going to be of android now, just like CES. Busniness as usual.
  • Not true. Tomorrow is a WP7 Dev day and Watson will be giving some more details. Don't be so quick to dismiss, there's lots of little news nuggets still around here.
  • Well no surprise because in the end, They don't do it someone else will and they will get the money/ad revenue so see you later Skype don't hit the door hit you on the way out.
  • like someone said above its the API... its not Skype's fault that MS has locked down the OS. why do you think we don't have any Official Messenger apps? All we have are water down basic messenger apps that use http protocols like facebook chat and the live one. there is no way skype can work without think redesigning how there system works.
  • Even though the it's the lack of socket support, Microsoft can grant 3rd party companies deeper access to the OS--they basically work with MS to develop the app. They've said this about 3rd party browsers too. So even though in the current version of WP7 there is no socket support, there are at least two version of the OS we haven't seen: NoDO (done) and Mango (not finished). It's not uncommon for big companies to get early access to unreleased builds and for all we know, MS has opened up the API and socket layer support--so lets not just assume it's not possible because of today's situation.