Microsoft announced the 8.5-billion-dollar acquisition of Skype in May 2011, and since then little was known about the integration of Voice over IP (VoIP) solutions for Skype in various Microsoft products.
Now we know that in Redmond, they are preparing to fully integrate the popular VoIP client for your Windows Phone soon, something that Rick Osterloh, head of the Skype division has confirmed. He said Microsoft is " working on a product for Windows Phone that will be released soon. "
Joe Belfiore, director of the Windows Phone division, said Skype will be in Windows Phones by the end of 2011, which was not accomplished, but it seems that everything points to that date with only a delay of a few weeks.
Some analysts believe that this initial version will not be as integrated with Windows Phone, and that such integration will only be realized in the future version of Windows Phone, "Apollo".
Undoubtedly, the integration of Skype on Windows Phone is one of the most anticipated news for the users of the system. Although it is known that Microsoft and Skype working on the application for the system, the expectation is very high.
Osterloh has not confirmed the actual date, but rumors suggest that it could be at the Mobile World Congress to be held in Barcelona from February 27. All indications are that the strategy of the company would begin by submitting an application for Windows Skype Phone, so that it would serve customers in the system but will continue to work for full integration of VoIP on Windows Phone. Such integration may take longer and be launched in a software update sometime during 2012.
Skype has currently 663 million registered users as of September 2011. The network is operated by Microsoft, which has its Skype division headquarters in Luxembourg. Most of the development team and 44 percent of the overall employees of the division are situated in the offices of Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia.
Unlike most VoIP services, Skype is a hybrid peer-to-peer and client–server system, and makes use of background processing on computers running Skype software; the original name proposed – Sky peer-to-peer – reflects this functionality.
Some network administrators have banned Skype on corporate, government, home, and education networks, citing several reasons such as inappropriate usage of resources, excessive bandwidth usage, and some minor security concerns.