A little under a year ago, still months before Windows Phone 7 would launch, one of Skype’s VPs announced that the company had no interest in porting its VoIP software to the platform, saying that it wanted its resources focused on iOS, Android, and Symbian versions of Skype. Now that WP7 is well-established and growing its user base, it looks like Skype has changed its tune, as Microsoft has announced that Skype for Windows Phone 7 is currently in the works.
While highlighting for developers at MIX what new features are coming to WP7, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore revealed that the Skype port is planned for a release this fall. With a wait like that still in store, we wish Skype would have decided to start work on a Windows Phone app a little earlier, but we’re still just glad to know they eventually came around.
There’s no indication that WP7 Skype would support video calls, as we’re seeing with the latest leaked version on Android for the HTC Thunderbolt. Of course, without front-facing cameras on WP7 devices, it’s a bit of a moot point, at least until WP7 hardware specifications change. There’s a chance we’ll learn about those soon, which could lead to Windows smartphones that are up to the task of video calling. If and when that happens, we hope Skype will be a little quicker in porting video over to WP7 than it’s been with the platform so far.