In an ad available on YouTube, Nokia revealed Skype is coming to Windows Phone 8. We don’t know when Windows 8 will get the operating system,
Yeah, Skype for Windows Phone 8 is arriving
We know Microsoft acquired internet chatting service Skype for a while, though we’ve not know when the service arrives for Windows Phone. Nokia, on the day it revealed the Lumia 920 smartphone for the next-generation version of Windows Phone, acccidentally unveiled Skype also.
The video (below) shows a wireless charging stand for the Lumia 920. Users simply place the phone on the charging stand and it … well, charges. It can also be used an alarm clock, and this is where the snippet of Skype footage surfaced.
A person’s face appears at 6:20 in the morning in the video; perhaps not what you want to see when you’re barely awake, though can people call you at a set time to wake you up? No. However, when in the stand, larger buttons for functionality including ending the call and sending mail are available. The app will be inside the People and Phone Hubs in the operating systems, not a standalone title. For a major service like Skype that’s perhaps surprising.
The Bluetooth icon is interesting. As The Verge noted, the option for the functionality may be available so users can switch to a Bluetooth headset. It saves picking up the phone and connecting your headsets.
Use Skype Sans Hands
The dock itself seems like pretty simple hardware: it’s round, and you put the lumia 920 on the top. We don’t know the charge time, or price and release date. Nokia didn’t reveal the latter for the phone. It’s really that simple.
Skype is still fully implemented into Microsoft’s products. When I heard about the announcement I thought we’d see the service in Kinect, Microsoft’s motion sensing peripheral. With the accessory not appealing to the hardcore gamer, Skype would seem to sell units and expand the accessories attractiveness.
With Windows 8 launching around the same time as Windows Phone 8, I expect Skype to be a big part of Microsoft’s future plans. A native ap in Windows 8, like SkyDrive, seems like a no-brainer.
Kinect is available now for Xbox 360. Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 launch October.