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News: First Signs of Facetime-like Video Chat for Windows Phone 7

Apparently the current iteration of Windows Phone 7 doesn’t support front-facing cameras on devices running WP7.  What the hell?  Seems extremely short-sighted even for an initial endeavor. We know how industries work.  Someone comes up with an idea and that idea makes its way around to other companies, many of whom end up copying the idea.  So it’s not like the concept of a front-facing camera has been unknown to Microsoft when they made WP7.

Well, I guess it’s better late than never, in this case.  Maybe they realize mobile video calling may not just be a novelty because WindowsPhone7Central.com is reporting an off-the-record comment by a Microsoft employee and possible evidence deep in the development code for WP7.

As far as I’m concerned, the more the merrier when it comes to video chat support.  I really think it’s finally come into it’s own and you’ll start finally seeing more “videophone” calls as a commonplace thing.  We were promised video phones ages ago, but it took the mobile app revolution to bring it to us.

wp7-video-chat-prelude

[Sources WindowsPhone7Central via Neowin.net and PocketNow.com]

January 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm Posted by | Cellphone, News, Video Chat/Webcam, Windows Phone 7 | Leave a Comment

News: IM Buddy for Windows Phone 7 (Yahoo client)

Want to chat on Yahoo IM but can’t wait for the official Yahoo chat client?  Give IM Buddy a try.  It’s the first Yahoo Messenger compatible client for Windows Phone 7 to appear on the Windows Phone Marketplace.

IM Buddy IM Buddy Config ScreenIM Buddy Online Screen

[Source WMPowerUser.com]

December 26, 2010 at 8:00 pm Posted by | Cellphone, Instant Messaging, News, Windows Phone 7, Yahoo Messenger | Leave a Comment