Consider the bombshell dropped. Skype, the godfather of VoIP apps and an increasingly ubiquitous piece of mobile as well as desktop software, has just let it be known that it’s not planning on bringing its goodies to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 OS. Dan Neary, the company’s Vice President for the Asia Pacific region, said that it’s “not developing software for the new Windows Mobile software due later this year,” but seemed reluctant to expand on the reasons why. Perhaps, like Mozilla, the Skype devs felt they weren’t getting access to the right tools. Whatever the reason, this would be a major competitive disadvantage for Microsoft’s great new hope on the mobile front, which is already expected to launch with a few things missing. Then again, we shouldn’t get too far ahead of ourselves as this isn’t an official renouncement from Skype, merely a statement of the status quo — and from a regional exec at that. All we can take away from it for now is that the road ahead looks a bit bumpier than before for WP7.
Skype VP says company isn’t developing software for Windows Phone 7 originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 13 May 2010 03:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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