TechEd 2011, Auckland: Microsoft Confirms 'Front Facing Camera, Skype, Lync Mobile' Coming to "Mango" Windows Phone

At TechEd session in Auckland, New Zealand, Microsoft officially confirmed that front facing cameras coming with the Mango update.A Microsoft staff member, tweeted, "Nice, they just confirmed at TechEd NZ that #WP7 devices with forward facing cameras are coming with Mango - and Skype will support it."Microsoft has also been working on a FaceTime competitor […]

At TechEd session in Auckland, New Zealand, Microsoft officially confirmed that front facing cameras coming with the Mango update.

A Microsoft staff member, tweeted, "Nice, they just confirmed at TechEd NZ that #WP7 devices with forward facing cameras are coming with Mango - and Skype will support it."

Microsoft has also been working on a FaceTime competitor for the platform, uncovering references in the SDK for a "portrait camera."

In addition, Microsoft hinted at Skype integration soon, with the same staff member saying that the front-facing camera in 7.5 devices will support the Skype integration that is coming soon.

Last month an icon was spotted in the Mango camera application that allows the user to switch which camera is taking a photo, as seen below:

Microsoft also confirmed that the Lync is coming to Windows Phone. It's not clear when the client is launching, but Microsoft says it will launch the service on "iPhone, iPad, Android, Symbian and 'Something else'" in the coming weeks.

Here are a couple of screenshots grab from the video embedded below:

Finally, Windows Phone Mango is now on sale in Japan. The Fujitsu IS12T has been released on KDDI and represents the first Windows Phone Mango hardware device to go on sale. This is an important indication that Mango is now ready for prime time and it should not be much longer until we see these devices on more carriers and in more countries.

Lync Mobile for Windows Phone: