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No Skype for Windows Phone 7

No Skype for Windows Phone 7

The upcoming Windows Phone 7 smartphone platform will not be getting any kind of official support from VoIP service provider Skype on launch.

Skype Vice President Dan Neary disclosed the news in an interview with Smartphone in which he revealed that his company is "not developing software for the new Windows Mobile software due later this year."

An explanation for the move was not provided, but leaving Microsoft's operating system out when its rival platforms all have Skype access could become a real problem as the launch of the software approaches.

Mr Neary did, however, confirm that updates and releases of Skype for Android, iPad and iPhone were all well on the way to completion.

Mr Neary was also keen to point out that while current development of Skype for Windows Phone 7 was not occurring, his firm could not categorically say that it would never bring out an app for the operating system.

A number of industry watchers believe that Windows Phone 7 could be significantly handicapped by its lack of Skype support.

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