Microsoft to introduce Skype to Amazon’s Fire phone later this month

Rebecca Lambert
Rebecca Lambert
By Rebecca Lambert on 24 July 2014
Microsoft to introduce Skype to Amazon’s Fire phone later this month

True to its promise to make its products available across multiple platforms – not just Windows – Microsoft has announced that will be offering Skype on Amazon’s Fire phone later this month.

Microsoft has already successfully brought its voice-over-IP service and instant messaging client to other Amazon devices, including Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets. For the Fire, Microsoft has worked closely with Amazon to enhance Skype and bring a more “intuitive user experience that is consistent with the Fire phone look and feel,” according to a post on Skype’s Garage & 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,” said the blog post. “Finally, the customised Skype 3D icon and notification badge show Skype’s use of Fire phone’s innovative Dynamic Perspective technology.”

At its Worldwide Partner Conference last week, Microsoft took the opportunity to emphasise its commitment to delivering seamless experiences not just on Windows devices, but across multiple platforms. This message was reiterated by CEO Satya Nadella in Microsoft’s Q4 fiscal 2014 earnings call on 22 July. 

“While we’re certainly focused on building great phones and tablets, we think of mobility more expansively,” he said. “We think of the opportunity that comes from running our productivity experiences – on Windows, iOS and Android devices.”

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