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Microsoft Working on a FaceTime Like App for Windows Phone – Looking Ways to Tie in Kinect and Windows Phone 7

At CES 2011 Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 employee delivered, in an off comment fashion, a few tips about the company’s working on a competitor to the Apple iPhone’s “Facetime” product.

The app is expected to be bundled into Microsoft’s Live services so that it can be propagated onto many devices and platforms. When the question was posed about why they would not just use Skype , the response was that the FaceTime competitor will reach beyond the hand of Skype.

The employee wouldn’t commit if the FaceTime like app would land on WP7 or WP8. But, it was hinted, that WP8 requirements may include a front facing camera.

The pic below is from the Microsoft.Phone.Media.Extended.dll, and is a clear evidence showing that Microsoft is working towards a front facing camera app for the platform.

Facetime like WP7 Chat Application

Microsoft seems to be using VoIP, and the functionality is already built into the platform, further supporting the claims that the company is working on such a features.

The pictures below show registry keys “VoIP” and “SIP” are hidden inside the WP7’s “ControlPanel” portion of the registry, and both seem to be set off (by having “0” under their “Enabled” value). It’s worth noting that for some reason, these keys are in a portion of the registry that contains other features that’re fundamental to the platform, such as theme colors.”

wp7's registry keys windows phone 7 registry keys

In anther news realted to WP7, it’s reported that “Microsoft’s looking to use a Kinect with WP7 to bring the Xbox portion of WP7 closer the console. The idea was discussed that a WP7 device’s screen could be recognized by a Kinect to share data, initiate an action (think show a game on the WP7 and have the Kinect recognize the image and pull up the game in the marketplace on the console) and possible real-time chat interaction.

When probed about the real time interaction, the source indicated that it could be possible to tie in to the newly announced Avatar Kinect platform. When the question was asked how could character movements be initiated from a WP7 devices that doesn’t have the Kinect cameras, the source clearly indicated that the motion sensors within the device can be used to help fill the gap.”


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