According to them Skypeâ€™s Asia Pacific Vice-President Dan Neary once again dragged out the old â€œuser experienceâ€ saw horse, saying:
â€œWe try and focus not only where the need is but where the best experience is, and we feel that the best areas for us to develop are on the operating systems that we currently support â€“ iPhone, Symbian, BlackBerry and now Androidâ€
â€œWe simply feel that those operating systems (have) a much better user experienceâ€.
Now this excuse had a minor shred of believability when it came to Windows Mobile (but even then we knew they were lying) but clearly holds no water at all for Windows Phone 7, an operating system that has shed a huge amount of functionality in the holy name of user experience.
Neary did hold out a bit of hope for Windows phone 7 users however , saying an app â€œis on the roadmap, the question is how quickly weâ€™re going to get to it. We feel that we are best best deployed on other operating systems (for now) and weâ€™ll see how the space evolves.â€ In short, don’t hold your breath.
Update: Official statement via TechRadar
In February, we withdrew our Skype Lite and Skype for Windows Phones apps because they didn’t offer the experience our customers had come to expect.
"We explore rigorously opportunities presented by new mobile platforms, and Windows Mobile 7 is no exception. However, we don’t discuss future platform developments, and have no further information to offer at this time.
We feel the best and most appropriate response by Microsoft would be to release their own VOIP client for Microsoft Messenger. With more than 300 million active users world wide, and the client pre-installed on most Windows machines, Skype may very quickly live to regret their decision.
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