During an interview at CES 2012 in Las Vegas, Skype’s Rick Osterloh, VP of products, revealed that Microsoft’s Skype division is “working on a Windows Phone product that will be coming out soon.”
Also, according to a video interview posted by Rob from the Microsoft Social Media Marketing team, a Skype app for Windows Phone is “coming soon”. The video (embedded below) begins by reiterating some Skype factoids announced at CES including:
- that Skype now has 200 million users worldwide
- is logging 300 billion user minutes a year
- and carrying some 25% of the world’s international long distance minutes.
“Tony Bates, President of the Skype Division at Microsoft, says that they are indeed doing an app that’s coming on Mango. He says I misquoted him and didn’t understand what he was saying when he said they would wait until Apollo to fully build in Skype. So, today he called me to clarify: a Skype app is coming on Mango on WIndows Phone and further integration will be built into the Apollo version of Windows Phone.
Sorry for the trouble this caused Tony,” Scoble said.
In an earlier Google Plus post, Scobles, answering Hillel Fuld’s “Windows Phone will be a Success” said:
“First, I had dinner with Skype’s CEO on Thursday night. He told me that Skype won’t support the current version of Windows Phone. This gets to the heart of my “apps matter.” There are 450,000 apps missing from the Windows Phone platform and Skype is just one of those. That problem will NOT get fixed anytime soon. Heck, Skype is owned by Microsoft and if Microsoft’s own divisions don’t feel pushed to support the current Windows Phone (he explained to me that the other platforms are more important, so he put his developers on those) then there’s no chance other, non-Microsoft-owned developers are going to support it.“