Skype Asia-Pacific VP Dan Neary at an event in Sydney said that they will not be releasing a client for Windows Phone 7.
Skype had pulled off their Windows Mobile client sometime stating that according to them the user experience wasn’t as they would want. Back then everyone thought that this was being done since Windows Mobile is a dying platform and Skype will be focusing on Windows Phone 7. Apparently, not.
No specific reasons were given by Dan Neary but according to WMPowerUser, there are two possible reasons for this move:
- Doubts on Windows Phone 7′s success
- Lack of native code
I find it hard to believe that Skype would dump Windows Phone thinking that it’s not a good platform but the second reason might be valid.
Having said that, for some reason I don’t really care about Skype’s move. If native code is the issue here and Microsoft sees several developers complaining about it, an alternative will be found.
Given the beautiful concepts from Clarity Consulting, I don’t think I’d miss Skype.