Skype Discloses Future Plans, First Goal Windows Phone 7 App

Internet communications giant Skype is planning to launch products tightly integrated around Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, Xbox 360 console and enterprise products.

The company, which is on the verge of being acquired by software giant Microsoft, also plans to continue its path of integration with Facebook and release a bunch of telephony products for the platform.

Neil Stevens, Skype’s vice president and general manager of products and marketing, said that one of the first products to come out of the Skype-Microsoft marriage will be a Skype app for the Windows Phone 7 mobile platform, according to Forbes.

Stevens claims that the company wants to create an app which feels more like a part of the platform rather than just an app and Skype will be able to do this, now that it will have unrestricted access to Windows Phone 7.

“A Windows Phone app, if done well, can show people what a really great Skype experience is like when there are no hardware or vendor limitations,” said Stevens.

The company offers apps for the iOS and Android platforms, but has to work under certain limitations imposed by Apple and Google. “We’re disadvantaged against [Apple’s video-chat service] FaceTime because of this closed environment,” he claimed.

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