Microsoft will bring Skype to Windows Phone 7 'soon'

One of the major questions everybody's been asking about Windows Phone 7 is, when will it get Skype? After all, Microsoft did buy out the VoIP company for $8.5 billion in cash last October. Microsoft says it's "coming soon."

Skype's Vice President of Products Rick Osterloh was quoted at a CES interview saying that Microsoft and Skype are "working on a Windows Phone product that will be coming out soon."

Funny how a company that's now owned by Microsoft still doesn't have Skype, while rivals Android and iOS do. Microsoft sure is slow to incorporate its acquisitions.

Video chat's been supported by Windows Phone 7.5 Mango since last year. The Verge believes that Skype won't be deeply integrated into Windows Phone 7 when the app launches.

While WP7 smartphones made by HTC have had front-facing cameras for a while now, Nokia's also joining the game. In my review of the Lumia 800, I talked about how it would have been nice if it did have a front cam. Looks like AT&T listened — the Lumia 900 — the 800's beefier U.S. cousin does have one.

I wish Osterloh could have been a little more specific, but I'd place my bets on more info coming out at next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The Verge, via Pocket-lint

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