Recently ,Microsoft confirmed that it would bedropping support for the Skype app on Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 in October this year. But now it seems that the Redmond-based tech giant will be completely killing the app off for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 in “early 2017”.
Even if the company would be pulling the plug on the app in early 2017, it would drop support for the same starting October this year. So even though users would be able to use the app until early 2017, they’d only be able to do so with ‘some limitations’
This decision won’t just change Windows Phone running devices, but also smartphones having Android 4.0.3 or older OS versions, as well as Windows RT users.
Also reads Microsoft’s Skype Support page. “Although From October 2016,Skype app will no longer be available on Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 will continue to work until early 2017,When Microsoft finish moving Skype Calling to the Cloud.”
Microsoft has before announced that it would support the Skype app on Windows 7, 8, XP and Vista, Yosemite on Mac, and iOS 8 operating systems.
“These decisions are hard to make, but they are necessary as Skype moves forward so we can deliver new experiences on devices that have the capability to support them. As such, we will begin to implement these changes over the coming months” said Skype chief Gurdeep Pall in a recent blog post.
“Our focus will be on the newly released lighter, faster and more responsive UWP app for Windows 10, Skype for iPhone, iPad and Android as well as a web-based native version of Skype for other supported platforms like previous Windows operating systems, Mac and Linux, which will benefit from the latest ORTC or WebRTC technology that we’ve been working on for the last year,” he added