Microsoft hints at MWC launch for Skype Windows Phone app

Microsoft hints at MWC launch for Skype Windows Phone appThe Windows Phone Marketplace may not offer anything like as many apps as its rival app stores for OS rivals Android and iOS, but you'd think something like Skype – which Microsoft owns, after all – would be a no-brainer.

Alas not, but Microsoft is promising it will have something to show us “soon”, which suggests the big reveal will happen at Mobile World Congress next month.

Microsoft originally promised a Skype app for Windows Phone would land towards the end of last year, but the calendar ticked over into 2012 without a further word in the subject.

According the The Verge, however, Skype vice-president of products Rick Osterloh revealed in an interview at CES 2012 last week that Microsoft's Skype division is “working on a Windows Phone product that will be coming out soon”.

But if you're thinking Microsoft's ownership of Skype will result in deeper integration of the VoIP service than on rival OSes, think again.

That's only likely to happen when the next version of Windows Phone – codenamed Apollo – is released later in the year. In the meantime, all we'll be getting is an interim version lacking in any kind of fancy bells and whistles.

Still, it's better than nothing, and the appearance of a Skype app for Windows Phone – in whatever form – represents another small step in the direction of third ecosystem respectability.

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