Microsoft stops Skype support on approximately 85% of Windows powered phones

Microsoft stops Skype support on approximately 85% of Windows powered phones
As of this month, Microsoft has dropped Skype support on 85% of Windows powered handsets. That means that if you own a phone that is no longer supported (like those running Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8.1 and some Windows 10 Mobile devices), you will not be able to download the app from the Windows Store. Even if you were able to use a direct link to install Skype, it won't work for more than a few weeks anyway since the Skype app will no longer be operational early next year.

With Microsoft moving Skype calling to the cloud in early 2017, the software giant has been removing support for the app from other Windows devices and rival platforms. Besides the older Windows Phone builds, Windows RT has also lost its Skype support. Some Android users are affected as well. More specifically, devices using Android 4.0.2 or older will not be able to install the app. If these phones already have Skype installed, the app should work over the remainder of this year.

As for those totin' a Windows 10 Mobile device, the Skype app is compatible only with the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update (Windows 10 Mobile 1607). Only 13.7% of active Windows powered phones are running on Windows 10 Mobile. 9.5% of those units are using version 1511 of the OS, which does not support Skype. Those employing version 1511 could use the Windows Insider program to update to version 1607, but some handsets made by smaller manufacturers will not work with any build higher than 1511. It all adds up to a loss of Skype support for approximately 85% of the phones employing the Windows platform.

source: MSPoweruser

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16 Comments

1. BobLawblaw unregistered

I remember getting my old Nokia Lumia 800 and thinking windows phone was great. Original with great potential. It's soon to join the OS graveyard along with Symbian, Meego, Palm OS...

13. yann

Posts: 604; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

On September 14, after some migration on Microsoft's Outlook servers, I lost all my pictures in contacts, association with ringtones. They was wiped both on server and my device. Without hacking or something. I check the case in google and i understand that i'm not the only one. Exactly the opposite - there are many users that are affected by the same issue. I register my problem on microsoft support site, bur even now - almost teo months later and after a lot of complains by the same issue from other users, there is no even single statement or excuse from Microsoft - nada! Nothing! I still have my contacts without photos as many other windows phone users. As most of them, I'm looking for device to replace my windows phone - i do not like iOS, because of restrictions and lack of customization, but also do not like Android because of lagging in time. Anyway, i must choose the smaller evil at the end of the year. Do not want to offend any users - not Apple, not Android. Just my opinion.

2. Subie

Posts: 2269; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Come on Microsoft what are you up to with the Windows platform?

8. Doakie

Posts: 2465; Member since: May 06, 2009

It's in its death throws. Just watch the show.

9. Subie

Posts: 2269; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

It sometimes looks like it doesn't it. While I don't want to see that happen Microsoft definitely needs to do something with their mobile division instead of waiting another year. Or at least announce to consumers what they're future plans are.

3. Junito

Posts: 143; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Makes sense, stopping support for their own devices.

4. gunawanagung

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 24, 2016

Surprised o_O

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I don't really even use skype anymore. I had to log into it last week for the first time in nearly a year to simply change my profile because I got a text from my brother that someone sent him a spam link from my account... I wish Duo was more widely accepted by other mobile users.

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I have been trying out Duo and Allo with hangout friend so far so good. I am impress with Allo quick reply. Work 50% of the time mean I been typing less to get my point across.

6. strikerchooooo unregistered

Good news. Skype needs a fresh start.

7. Pigaro

Posts: 80; Member since: May 15, 2016

How can you stop supporting your own app on your own phone. Ok I use duo already on my Android

11. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

Time for folks to switch from Skype to WhatsApp for video chats.

15. TheOracle1

Posts: 1874; Member since: May 04, 2015

They probably would if WhatsApp had video chats........

12. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

on the Windows phone mobile, Microsoft keeps telling lies so so so so so so many times. From windows phone 7 -> 8 -> 10. And when you DO lie, people don't support you!! Karma

14. mariusmuntean

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

:))) How pathetic, your own app no longer supported on your own platform :))) MS=incompetence+mediocrity+junk quality and support

16. raiter

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

What the hell is going on with MS ?! :(

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