Unfortunately, no. Skype is available for a range of smartphone operating systems, most notably Android and the iPhone’s iOS, but according to various reports, the folks at Skype are not planning to bring their popular VoIP software to Windows Phone 7 anytime soon.
Why? The company cites issues with the tools Microsoft has made available for Windows Phone software development, along with certain limitations of the OS with regard to multitasking and sockets support.
Some so-called ‘homebrew’ attempts are being made to bring Skype to Windows Phone 7, but they’re still in the early stages. Add to that the fact that company has been somewhat unfriendly to third-party developers (like Fring) who have integrated Skype service into their apps in the past, and the outlook on this front isn’t good.
Still, if Windows Phone grows in popularity and some of the OS restrictions are loosened, Skype might make a go of it at some point down the road.
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A few months ago, we told you about CloudFiles, which was then the only application which allowed access to Dropbox from a Windows Mobile device. Now there’s another.
DroppedBoxx is a Windows Mobile Dropbox app from DK Development designed for touchscreen WM6+ handhelds. All of the expected functions are there including uploading, downloading, sync, and photo upload. You can also create new folders, attach files in your Dropbox to email messages, move files from folder to folder and more. A recent upgrade to v1.1 added settings for camera resolution, two-way syncing of select folders, and an updated user interface.
The app sells for $2.50. If you’re already familiar with DroppedBoxx, let us know your opinion of the software in the comments section.
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Sick of the Windows Mobile Today Screen or user interface in general? There are tons of UI replacements for Windows Mobile, but perhaps the best that’s currently available is SPB Mobile Shell.
The latest version, v.6.5, includes new features like Facebook and Twitter widgets, current weather, 3D email and more. Standard features of SPB Mobile are photo contacts, media player, Internet search, and calendar displays, a favorite contacts carousel, ringtone management, an app launcher for fast access to software, world time and wireless management.
There’s also a 3D carousel for switching between screens that’s skinnable for a fully personalized look and feel.
SPB Mobile Shell won the 2009 Handango Award for the best Windows Mobile app. Use the free trial to find out why.
Find out more about SPB Mobile Shell @ Handango or watch the video below.
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We’re huge fans of Dropbox, but until now there’s been no easy way to access the files stored there from a Windows Phone – or to upload new files to the service - without using a mobile browser. CloudFiles, a new app from Ruttensoft, changes all that, providing mobile Dropbox connectivity and functionality for Windows Mobile.
Compatible with Windows Mobile 6.x touchscreen smartphones, CloudFiles allows you to browse your Dropbox files, upload new files, create and edit folders, view account information, and even create a Dropbox account if you don’t already have one.
CloudFiles is currently in beta, so it’s free for now. Check out the video below to see the software in action.
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Mahjongg is a classic Chinese puzzle game where you select pairs of matching tiles to make them disappear. The objective (if you’ve never played) is to eliminate all tiles to clear the board.
There are retail versions of Mahjongg for Windows Mobile, but there’s also a recently-updated freeware alternative called Smart Mahjongg from developer Christian Morawietz. The app is free for personal use and includes a range of features such as multiple layouts, undo, tile shuffle and game statistics.
Smart Mahjongg v2.0 requires the .NET Compact Framework 3.5 and is for touchscreen Windows Mobile devices only.