Microsoft brings Skype to Amazon Fire phone

Microsoft brings Skype to Amazon Fire phone

Summary: Microsoft is making Skype available on Amazon's Fire phone, making good on the company's commitment to provide its productivity tools on all mobile platforms.

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Microsoft, the newly self-christened "productivity and platforms" company, is making good on its charter by continuing to develop versions of its productivity tools to all platforms, not just Windows.

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On July 23, Microsoft announced it will offer Skype on the new Amazon Fire phones later this month.

This isn't the first time Microsoft has made its software available on an Amazon platform. Skype already is available for Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets.

For the Fire phone version, Microsoft "enhanced" its Skype for Android application to make it more consistent with the Fire phone look and feel, according to today's post on the Skype Garage and Updates blog.

"Through a widget that is visible from Fire’s Carousel, users can easily see their chats and notifications at a glance, without having to launch the Skype app and open chats with a one-click action. Finally, the customized Skype 3D icon and notification badge show Skype’s use of Fire phone’s innovative Dynamic Perspective technology," the post continued.

During yesterday's Q4 fiscal 2014 earnings call, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella restated Microsoft's new and increasingly important cross-platform focus.

"We are clear that our experiences are going to be available on all devices. We have a specific goal for multiple Microsoft applications to be available on every home screen," Nadella said.

"Mobility for us goes beyond just devices," Nadella noted. "While we are certainly focused on building great phones and tablets, we think of mobility more expansively. We think the opportunity ... comes from running our productivity experiences on Windows, iOS and Android device(s)."

Topics: Unified Comms, Amazon, Microsoft, Mobile OS

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • +1

    A bit late, but Microsoft is serious about providing its apps across mobile platforms.

    P.S. It's past time for Mozilla to get Firefox to the Amazon app store.
    Rabid Howler Monkey
    • PS

      it's time for amazon to support windows phone, which BTW, has way more users than this thing every will.
      neonspark
  • Microsoft is LATE.

    Seeing how Samsung Tablets has free phone calls available right from your Galaxy tablet, I have found my landline phone obsolete. U.S. Long distance is free these days, that doesn't make you a difference, BUT I'm talking about Worldwide Long Distance for free! The calls are as clear as if you are on a landline, I have to say V.O.I.P. has came a LONG way. Mary Jo you guys at ZDNET need to do a full scale story on this. Actually I just finished a 3 plus hour call with a friend in the Czech Republic.
    mikeholli
    • how are they late

      What does Samsung have to do with this conversation and how does that make Microsoft late. The fire phone isn't even out yet and they are saying they will support it. US long distance is not free. Skype is available on every other the device already this is just saying that Microsoft is going to continue with what they said they would and support all platforms. Whatever you are using from your galaxy tablet is probably not making those claims, so then who is actually late
      @...
    • you're late

      you had a land line? lol.
      neonspark
  • They need to bring xbox video to all platforms

    :(
    everss02
  • Amazon fire is already dead....

    MS should better focus its resources to bring apps to Windows Phone first... Along with the 18,000, fire those folks who screwed up mobile in the first place...
    Owl:Net
  • and where

    is amazon returning the favor and getting WP users amazon video!!! hello!
    neonspark