updated 02:10 pm EDT, Thu May 13, 2010
Skype deals blow to Microsoft's mobile OS
Skype's Asia-Pacific VP Dan Neary hurt Microsoft's mobile OS plans today by stating that the company wouldn't develop a version of its VoIP app for Windows Phone 7. The company would instead focus on its Android, iPad, iPhone and Symbian ports. Neary didn't explain why Skype had decided against the new app.
The decision may have to do with Windows Phone 7's current OS policies, which don't currently allow true multitasking. Where iPhone 4.0 and most other platforms will allow VoIP calls in the background, Microsoft's new OS may only suspend the app and would disconnect the call if a user switches away.
Without the app, Microsoft is likely to have a perceived setback versus virtually every other competitor and may be the least advanced as other kinds of apps, such as Internet radio, will work more efficiently. Windows Phone 7 was conceived as a 'reboot' of Microsoft's OS strategy to create a touchscreen smartphone OS but, aside from first-party apps, is considered in some ways a step back from Windows Mobile.