Windows Phone app news: Skype video calls for Mango

Mango phones will have front-facing cameras

Skype video calling support will bring WP up to speed with Android and iPhone.

The next generation of Windows Phone handsets featuring the revamped Mango operating system will come packing front-facing cameras and open-up video calling through Skype.

The confirmation came from Microsoft itself during the TechEd NZ expo in New Zealand, during which the country's official Windows Phone account tweeted:

"Nice, they just confirmed at TechEd NZ that #WP7 devices with forward-facing cameras are coming with Mango - and Skype will support it."

The arrival of video calling for Skype is the latest addition to the impressive-looking OS refresh, which looks set to offer more competition to iOS and Android this time around.

Earlier this week it was confirmed that the burgeoning Windows Phone App Marketplace now has 30,000 apps at its disposal, reaching that landmark faster than Android.

Today's announcement is the first real evidence of Microsoft putting its $8.5 billion purchase of Skype to use.

Earlier today, the first Windows Phone Mango handset, the Fujitsu IS12T went on sale in Japan. The European announcement is expected next week, with September 1st being touted as the ETA.

Link: TechRadar