Skype has apparently dropped plans to develop its mobile VoIP app for the next generation of the Windows Mobile operating system, according to reports of statements made by Skype Vice President Dan Neary at an event in Sydney, Australia.
Neary said Skype was not currently developing software for Windows Phone 7 and would focus instead on apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android-based devices.
In an official statement, Skype backpedaled from Neary’s comments. The company said it continues to “rigorously explore opportunities presented by new mobile platforms” including Windows Phone 7 but declined to discuss whether it was actually going to develop for the next generation of Windows Mobile.
The company dropped support for its Skype Lite and Skype for Windows Phones apps in February “because they didn’t offer the experience our customers had come to expect.”
At the time, the company said the latest version of Windows Mobile made it “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… that’s why we’ve removed these apps from our site.”