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Skype not coming to Windows Phone 7 either?

In what is sure to be a shock and disappointment to many, Dan Neary, Skype's Asia Pacific VP and general manager for Skype, has suggested that they have no immediate plans to support Windows Phone 7. This comes on the heels of Skype pulling all Windows Mobile support, unless of course they are paid first.

Specifically, Neary noted that the decision to not support WP7 has something to do with "lack of user optimization" (?) and "partner support".  PC Authority suggest that Skype competes with Microsoft's own MSN chat and video software, but honestly we don't believe Microsoft would give the cold shoulder to Skype before even attempting to get the program in the Marketplace. So what does the lack of partner support mean? We're not too sure at this time, though it seems like Skype is not getting what it wants from Microsoft.

We should also mention that although this comes from a VP, it's not necessarily an official position, nor permanent. If Windows Phone 7 catches on, Skype will come back and make a dedicated application as they go where the money lies. Until then, dollars to doughnuts we'll see companies like Fring (who in many ways make a superior client) will fill in the huge gap, negating Skype's argument.

[via PC Authority]

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says:

I think this for the time being in very near future the support will definately for skype....

says:

A sign of things to come.

says:

This has nothing to do with the abilities of WP7 or the lack of any native DK or some such. It's a clear business move. Until WP7 hits the market and does well there is no business incentive for skype to develop a app for it, plain and simple.

says:

Nimbuzz and Fring do Skype much, much, better. I had Skype on WinMO 5 and it sucked. Everything was delayed and voice over data wasn't reliable. My brother in law would log in from his PSP and I wouldn't see him logged in until minutes later, and sometimes not see him logged in at all. Skype needs to work on its sucky app first before pulling support left and right from everything.

says:

This looks a clear business decision.There is nothing more for skype in developing an application for this phone to step in to global market.Let's see what happen when Microsoft releases this highly featured smart phone.

says:

Until WP7 hits the market and does well there is no business incentive for skype to develop a app for it, plain and simple.