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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

SkyFire Drops Windows Mobile Support

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone Software" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.skyfire.com/press/blog/72-retirement

If you have been using SkyFire on your Windows Mobile device, which gives a pretty good browsing experience, especially compared to the built in browser, your days of enjoyment are numbered.

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"Skyfire 2.0 is the world’s first hybrid browser, using the best of the device’s native browser, and adding a cloud "booster engine" for extra features like video and social networking. It is our flagship go-forward product, as we've reported publicly for months, since our Android launch. With that in mind, we are announcing that we will complete the phase out of our legacy v1.0 product on Windows Mobile and Symbian on December 31st, 2010 for remaining countries."

Bleh


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Skype for Windows Phone 7 Isn't Coming

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Software" @ 03:15 AM

http://smarthouse.com.au/Phones/Industry/A7D8T4T8

"Speaking an event in Sydney Dan Neary Asia Pacific Vice President for Skype was hesitant to explain why no development was taking place for the new Windows Mobile offering, however he did say that the VOIP communication Company was developing new offerings for the iPhone, iPad and Android based phones."

Back in March, we reported that Skype had killed the availability of Skype for Windows Mobile as a result of what the company perceived to be fragmentation across the Windows Mobile platform. Considering Microsoft is focused on reducing fragmentation in Windows Phone 7, we were hopeful that Skype would consider bringing its popular VoIP product back to the platform, but that idea now appears dead in the water. What's interesting is that the company is now reluctant to provide a reason. In the meantime, it's planning to roll out new versions of Skype for iPhone, iPad, and Android, and as you know, these are all platforms that consumers are currently going gaga for. With that in mind, we're guessing the real reason why Skype has abandoned Windows Phone 7 development is that it simply doesn't see much potential in it. And only time will tell whether it's spot on about that.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Skype for Windows Mobile Dead and Buried

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone News" @ 08:30 PM

http://share.skype.com/sites/en/201...ile_lineup.html

"As part of our continual review of our mobile range, we've decided to make a few changes to our lineup. Skype Lite and Skype for Windows Phones are no longer available for download. This isn't a decision we've taken lightly, but the reason is simple. Neither of these apps offered a great Skype experience... with the latest version of the Windows Mobile OS, it's been increasingly challenging for us to maintain an app which behaves as you'd expect on a wide range of handsets without working with a mobile operator partner."

Skype's reasons for killing the development and availability of the Windows Mobile version of Skype may be questionable, but the fact is, it's happened. And it comes at a time when Skype is performing strongly on the iPhone and Symbian platforms, and is soon to make an appearance on a wide range of BlackBerry and Android handsets. Perhaps Windows Phone 7 Series is what Skype needs to make a return? Then again, maybe not. Time will tell.


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