I have good news for you Windows fans out there! Darren Murph over at Engadget writes that Skype for Windows Phone 7 is “definitely coming this fall.” Confirmation comes courtesy of Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore: “Skype will be coming to the Windows Phone 7 platform this fall” he stated while speaking live at MIX 11 (full keynotes can be found here). The initial rumors that Skype would never be offered on Windows Phone were quite disappointing, so I am pleased to see this offering.
Skype for iOS has been a game changer, since it allows people to have video conferencing with no need for Facetime and without using your minutes. iPod touch and iPad users can use Skype to make calls without phone plan – provided there’s a reasonably fast Wifi connection available, of course. Due to this, Mobile Skype is arguably the most powerful free application for the platform.
This announcement really starts to level the playing field of mobile platforms. I don’t even have a phone on my desk anymore; a headset plugged into my iMac and Skype handles my business-call needs. This also strongly implies that there will be a Windows phone with a front facing camera coming down the pipe.