Just yesterday, we reported on an interview with Skype’s VP of products, Rick Osterloh, in which he confirmed that a Skype app for Windows Phone would be “coming soon”. Now, thanks to Paul Thurrott, we’ve gotten a slightly better timeframe: the app should be out in the first half of 2012.
However, there’s something even more interesting: According to Thurrott, Microsoft actually plans to get all “top 25 apps” from both iOS and Android onto Windows Phone before the end of the first half of 2012. What’s more, for those apps that will not come to Windows Phone (Pandora is cited as an example), Microsoft will promote competing apps with “tens of millions of dollars” over the next three years.
This might sound a bit, well, crazy, but considering Thurrott’s excellent track record, and the fact that he got these bits of information from the same documentation which revealed Nokia’s marketing plans and the upcoming LTE Windows Phones, both of which have proven to be accurate, we can’t help but believe him. If the 25 most popular apps of the two (currently) leading smartphone platforms and many other important key apps really become available on Windows Phone in the next six months, that would improve the app selection a lot, partly negating its arguably biggest disadvantage right now.