Skype coming soon to Windows Phone (or is it?) – updated

By Kip Kniskern | Posted January 15, 2012 23 comments

logo_skype_webIn another bit of what Microsoft calls “momentum”, and we think of as “non-news”, a flurry of posts reported yesterday that 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 begins by reiterating some Skype factoids announced at CES; 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.  Rick Osterloh,  Skype Senior Product Manager for Products, then goes on to mention Windows Phone (along with a focus on mobile in general, and integration with Facebook):

We’re also working on a Windows Phone product that will be coming out soon.

However, as part of a bit of a bitchmeme over the weekend about whether or not Windows Phone can be successful, Robert Scoble answers Hillel Fuld’s “Windows Phone will be a Success” post on Business Insider:

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.

Now as much as we like Robert, it doesn’t help his cause that he refers who we gather to be Tony Bates, President of the Skype Division at Microsoft, as “Skype’s CEO”, or that the statement is directly contradicted by what Osterloh says, above.  We’re guessing that Scoble is either taking liberties with what was said, misunderstood, or that “Skype won’t support the current version of Windows Phone” was taken out of context.

In fact, we would be surprised if Skype is not deeply integrated into the next version of Windows Phone, which we hope to hear more about soon and see as early as this holiday season.  Maybe that’s what “the CEO” was talking about.

UPDATE:  Indeed, a Mango app “soon” and then deeper integration with the next version of Windows Phone appears to be exactly what’s coming.  Robert Scoble published a retraction to his original post, after Tony Bates called him:

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.

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 8:53 am
Category: Mobile
Tags: Skype, Windows Phone
  • http://josedmorales.net/ Joe

    Who would it thought MSFT has a hard time releasing their OWN products to its divisions but hey, softies went wild releasing apps for iOS …

  • http://josedmorales.net Josè Daniel

    Who would it thought MSFT has a hard time releasing their OWN products to its divisions but hey, softies went wild releasing apps for iOS …

  • Avatar Roku

    MS demoed the Skype app at Mix almost a year ago, before they bought Skype.

    Scoble’s crusade against Windows Phone and Windows 8 is really getting annoying.

    Of the 450,000 apps how many of those are “lite” trial apps? I know at least 100,000 of them are eBooks too. This isn’t Mac vs. PC, iOS lead isn’t as significant as Scoble is trying to convince people.

  • Avatar Roku

    MS demoed the Skype app at Mix almost a year ago, before they bought Skype.

    Scoble’s crusade against Windows Phone and Windows 8 is really getting annoying.

  • http://www.ratdiary.com/ spragued

    No one takes Scoble seriously when it comes to Microsoft. Too much history, resentment there.

  • http://www.ratdiary.com spragued

    No one takes Scoble seriously when it comes to Microsoft. Too much history, resentment.

  • Mark Gibbs

    Rob Scoble is a complete Gerk, how can he lie about this time and time again. He really hates windows phone but that is OK, I do have a problem with him making up stories over and over …
    if Skype says its coming to windows phone. than eather Rob or Skype is lieing and its not Skype.
    and to say windows phone is missing what ? 450,000 apps ? I don’t think android even has that many Fart apps LOL this guy should be band from the internet …

  • http://twitter.com/gibbyhome Mark Gibbs

    Rob Scoble is a complete Gerk, how can he lie about this time and time again. He really hates windows phone but that is OK, I do have a problem with him making up stories over and over …
    if Skype says its coming to windows phone. than eather Rob or Skype is lieing and its not Skype.
    and to say windows phone is missing what ? 450,000 apps ? I don’t think android even has that many Fart apps LOL this guy should be band from the internet …

  • http://www.ratdiary.com/ spragued
    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      Thanks, updated the post.

  • http://www.ratdiary.com spragued
    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      Thanks, updated the post.

  • Nicholas Thompson

    When MS bought Skype they really bought the client database. The product per se isn’t that much better or different to Live Messenger/Linc. Yes MS want a product that runs on IOS, WP7 and Android but they want it deeply integrated with other products they are putting out there. Their issue is how to ensure that they don’t loose current Skype clients when they eventually make a move. Does it require them to keep the Skype name and look at feel of Skype or can they somehow merge Skype and the other tools they offer and come out with a new x-platform product? If the latter then I would guess they’ll need to offer Skype clients some free Live products like Skydrive and Hotmail in order to keep them. Just a thought.

  • Nicholas Thompson

    When MS bought Skype they really bought the client database. The product per se isn’t that much better or different to Live Messenger/Linc. Yes MS want a product that runs on IOS, WP7 and Android but they want it deeply integrated with other products they are putting out there. Their issue is how to ensure that they don’t loose current Skype clients when they eventually make a move. Does it require them to keep the Skype name and look at feel of Skype or can they somehow merge Skype and the other tools they offer and come out with a new x-platform product? If the latter then I would guess they’ll need to offer Skype clients some free Live products like Skydrive and Hotmail in order to keep them. Just a thought.

  • Robin van Veghel

    And When is skype coming for Xbox, like they promised???

  • Robin van Veghel

    And When is skype coming for Xbox, like they promised???

  • chinch987

    a grown adult who has “app parties” needs an intervention, not having his minfo spread.

    this clown is about as far removed from the real world as it gets.

  • Anonymous

    a grown adult who has “app parties” needs an intervention, not having his minfo spread.

    this clown is about as far removed from the real world as it gets.

  • Bobby Bopran

    Good Post, Apps are really big business now. If you release one you have to market it, I suggest TheAppMarketingCompany.com the do a very professional job

  • Joe Atkinson

    Those 450,000 apps he says are missing I guess  thats the difference between the android market and the marketplace?  It seems to me that any system that cant survive on 450,000 apps a large percentage of which are fart or similar type apps is in need of paring down.  How many apps do you need to have a quality expereience.  Quality over quantity  would be the better approach

    • Anon

      I have about… 20 apps I’ve installed on my phone, and most are practical- Banking app, Paypal, RSS, Satnav, LogMeIn, Photoshop, Barcode Scanner, yellow Pages, Sky+, and Skype, etc, I will consider switching my contract a bit earlier if the apps get a few more, but until then, I use those apps too much to be able to. The one thing Windows has over all the other phones, is the Office app,  I agree, quality is always better than quantity.

  • Joe Atkinson

    Those 450,000 apps he says are missing I guess  thats the difference between the android market and the marketplace?  It seems to me that any system that cant survive on 450,000 apps a large percentage of which are fart or similar type apps is in need of paring down.  How many apps do you need to have a quality expereience.  Quality over quantity  would be the better approach

    • Anon

      I have about… 20 apps I’ve installed on my phone, and most are practical- Banking app, Paypal, RSS, Satnav, LogMeIn, Photoshop, Barcode Scanner, yellow Pages, Sky+, and Skype, etc, I will consider switching my contract a bit earlier if the apps get a few more, but until then, I use those apps too much to be able to. The one thing Windows has over all the other phones, is the Office app,  I agree, quality is always better than quantity.