Still finalizing its acquisition of Skype, Microsoft has announced that its Windows Phone 7 Mango update will include Skype video calling, while Skype itself now has an app store for programs that use Skype APIs.
Mango Offers Some Face Time
Rather like Apple's Facetime, Windows Phone 7 devices (or at least, those with forward-looking cameras) will be able to do video chat via Skype when the OS upgrade hits in the near future, with September 1 the likely date.
Confirmation came from the Kiwi Official Windows Phone Twitter account, which might have leaked the news a little earlier than Microsoft liked, but so close to the event, it's unlikely any harm has been done.
Mango should refresh the Windows Phone lineup
Skype Offering Apps
In the meantime, Skype rolls on with business as usual, not long after offering its Wi-Fi service, and buying up messaging service GroupMe, it is now adding the shopping service for users to download other apps, business and productivity tools that make use of Skype's features for Windows or Mac PCs.
Get your comms apps direct from Skype
So, there are now a collection of desktop sharing, video calling, whiteboarding, call recording and other apps that help enhance the Skype experience, ranging from free to paid-for apps. If you have an app, you can submit it to the store, while users can rate the apps they use.
The site quick and easy to use and takes you to the home page of the app if you want to buy something, making a neat little marketplace for those in need of refining their communications.