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Windows Phone 7 firmware hints FaceTime-style video chat

updated 04:35 pm EST, Tue January 11, 2011

WP7 to get internal video and VoIP chat

Microsoft was confirmed this weekend to already have code in place for a FaceTime-like video chat system in Windows Phone 7. A DLL handling media in the OS makes reference to a 'self portrait camera,' and a second scoop has also unearthed registry entries for VoIP and SIP support for voice-only features like Skype. Neowin in finding the info noted that all of the features were set to off and didn't have write permissions to switch them on.

The discoveries backed off-hand remarks by a WP7 team member that Microsoft should have an app that would provide video chat and other features through Windows Live. It wouldn't just adhere to standards and would go 'beyond the hand of Skype' in its feature set, the company claimed.

WP7 might not get the feature. Microsoft's worker implied that WP8, due at some unspecified point in the future, might not only support a front camera but could consider it a minimum part of a phone's spec.

The implementations could see Microsoft catch up relatively quickly in features. Microsoft at CES said it would add relatively basic features like copy-and-paste text this month, but Windows Phone 8 could arrive as soon as this year if the company is on the promised faster update cycle versus Windows Mobile.

By Electronista Staff


  1. Mr. Strat

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Jan 2002


    Calling all copy machines

    ATTN: Redmond

    Keep those copy machines cranked up.

  1. dwoodruff

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2006


    Mr Strat...

    I absolutely agree... will Microsoft ever do something actually innovative?

  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2009


    Video chat

    has been around for a long time.

    Just because Apple coined it with a cute little name like "Face Time" Doesn't mean that Apple invented it.

    Don't act like they did.

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    Nokia's had video chat for years...

    It might not have been very easy to use, but it certainly was available even over cellular networks. I'm sure it was AT&T that decided WiFi-only in order not to bring the network to its knees. Once Apple implements FaceTime on all its devices, I'm sure it be far more used than Nokia's video chat ever was.

  1. freddymac

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2010


    Way to go M$

    You guys are so far ahead of the curve that Apple will never catch up. Long live WP7. The worlds greatest Smart Phone OS. And for your tablet OS, WOW, you guys rock. I'm so proud of you I can't stand it................. (sarcasm)

  1. pairof9s

    Senior User

    Joined: Jan 2008


    Classic Microsoft

    Don't add the feature to your brand new WP7. Instead add it to the future WP8 which will require new licenses since it's a "major" upgrade...classic money-grab by Microsoft!!


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