Microsoft Working on FaceTime Competitor

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At CES 2011, a Microsoft employee mentioned off-hand that one direction for the smartphone OS, Windows Phone, would be a FaceTime-like app, according to neowin.net on January 9. Some evidence presented from a WP7 .dll supports that.

The Microsoft employee also hinted that the future requirements for Windows Phone 8 would include a front facing camera. Evidence was supplied in the form of a screen shot of the Microsoft.Phone.Media.Extended.dll that suggests such a camera.

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via neowin.net

The idea that Microsoft may be working on such a product isn’t surprising at all. What is surprising is Microsoft’s leisurely timeline. The Apple iPhone 4 introduced a front facing camera and FaceTime in the summer of 2010. With the market share of WP7 and Windows Mobile solidly in fourth place (in the U.S.) behind Android, Apple and RIM, Microsoft’s casual approach suggests that the company doesn’t see this feature as something that will help them close that gap.

Comments

John Molloy

They planning to call it FaceTime?

sflocal

I hope they are not planning on introducing yet another incompatible phone video standard that will only work on their phones.  Apple is offering the Facetime protocol free of charge to anyone in the hopes every phone OS can use it.  With the tens of millions of phones out there, it’s just inconceivable that Microsoft can expect the kind of penetration that Apple and Android have made.  I hope Android considers as well implementing Facetime.

Bite the bullet and use Facetime, and everyone will be happy.

jfbiii

If FaceTime doesn’t support inserting ads into phone calls, I doubt Google will be interested.

Lee Dronick

If FaceTime doesn?t support inserting ads into phone calls, I doubt Google will be interested.

It would be like the ads on the TV screens in the movie Idiocracy

MyRightEye

“Microsoft Working on FaceTime Competitor”

Well, this is not news, we all know this already, because Apple has it.

Tiger

Because FaceTime and Skype won’t do for the world.

John Molloy

It would be like the ads on the TV screens in the movie Idiocracy

Please don’t get me started Harry… I feel every day it’s getting closer and closer. (ow me balls, mountain dew on the crops, grrrrrr)

computerbandgeek

Apple is offering the Facetime protocol free of charge to anyone in the hopes every phone OS can use it.?

I wish this were true. Unfortunately, Apple claimed that they would do this when they first unveiled FaceTime, but they have yet to actually make good on their promise.

Lee Dronick

Please don?t get me started Harry? I feel every day it?s getting closer and closer. (ow me balls, mountain dew on the crops, grrrrrr)

“Brought to you by Carl’s Junior.”

Why do you keep saying that?

“Because they pay me every time I do.”

jfbiii

but they have yet to actually make good on their promise.

Well, that seems dumb. If they were gonna sit on it they shouldn’t have announced it the way they did.

FlipFriddle

Maybe no one else’s device can handle it yet? I’m sure next Microsoft will be touting theirs as being “open.” Open! The new Closed.

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