Microsoft has confirmed that its forthcoming Windows Phone 7 devices will feature front-facing cameras and support for Skype via the Mango update.
The incorporation of video calling functionality was confirmed at the Microsoft Tech Ed Conference in New Zealand, and the Samsung SGH-i937 is shaping up to be one of the first Windows Phone 7 handsets to have the capability.
"Nice, they just confirmed at TechEd NZ that #WP7 devices with forward facing cameras are coming with Mango - and Skype will support it," said @WindowsPhoneNZ on Twitter.
No Windows Phone handsets have had a front-facing camera until now, whereas iPhone and Android devices have offered video calling for some time.
The Mango operating system is expected in the autumn and could coincide with the launch of Nokia's Sea Ray Windows Phone.
Microsoft appears to be on schedule, as it started accepting applications for the Windows Phone Marketplace earlier this week.
Mango will boast key upgrades including true multi-tasking, enhanced HTML5 browsing, dynamic Live Tiles and support for hidden Wi-Fi networks and augmented reality apps.
The XDA Developers web site has already leaked the Mango update for HTC devices ahead of the official launch for the HTC Pro 7, Mozart, Surround, Trophy and HD7 smartphones.
However, Microsoft warned about using unofficial updates when the NoDo update was launched. Those who downloaded the unofficial update had problems including the devices being unable to receive future upgrades.
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