Kevin Ashley is a Microsoft Architect Evangelist, an authorof Professional Windows 8 Programming book and a developer of top apps andgames for Windows. Kevin often presents on technology at various events,industry shows and webcasts. In his role he works with startups and partners,advising on software design, business and technology strategy, architecture anddevelopment. Kevin has passion for sports and works with many sports industrycompanies and organizations, helping them advancing technology. Prior to Microsoft Kevinworked at Fortune 500 companies and created a business intelligence startup.Kevin has degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science and MBA from the Universityof Connecticut.
I have to admit that I experienced a discovery and an emotional shock not dissimilar from those experienced by people who saw Morse or Marconi devices for the first time, and this is what my post is about. This weekend Skype for Windows Phone has been released to all Windows Phone users, and I happened to be closing 2011-2012 skiing season in Kirkwood, CA, so I grabbed Skype from Windows Phone marketplace and decided to put it through the ultimate test: calling my family from the ski slopes live, from 8000ft altitude.
It has been a great season, and earlier I made a few posts on Windows Phone skiing apps. At that time Skype was available in beta, and didn’t make it to the review. Now it’s time!
It’s worth mentioning that Kirkwood Mountain has a great AT&T 4G coverage, most of the time Windows Phone was getting all bars. I suspect that this is because they have a couple of transmitters right on top of the Wall chairlift, at least they look like cell towers of some sort.
When I mentioned that my emotional shock from using Skype while skiing was of the same kind experienced by first Morse and Marconi device users, I was completely honest.
It’s Tuesday, a couple of days have passed, and I still feel that it’s the beginning of a completely new era in ski gadgets. It seems with Skype for Windows Phone you can now literally be out there with your friends and family real-time!