Microsoft to discontinue Skype apps on Windows Phone after July 1


Windows Phone is dead in its current form, but that doesn't mean that Microsoft won't try to resurrect the obsolete OS in the not so distant future. Until then, the Redmond-based company is closing all services that might eat up resources that would be better spent for different purposes.

After discontinuing the Skype WiFi apps at the end of March, Microsoft announced that the Skype apps would no longer work on Windows Phone effective July 1.

So, if you've previously used Skype on Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8.1, or the Messaging app for Windows 10 Mobile, then you should know that Microsoft will be permanently retiring these Skype apps next month. After July 1, you'll notice that you won't be able to sign in to these versions of Skype.

On a side note, the Messaging app for Windows RT and TVs will be discontinued after July 1, 2017, as well. The only way to continue to use Skype after that date would be to migrate to another device that supports Microsoft's Skype services.

source: Skype via MSPU

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26 Comments

1. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1527; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

And the few remaining windows phone users are still in denial over it being a dead platform

11. SIGPRO

Posts: 2813; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

It is not dead you DUMMY! MS released an official press release that they are still working on Windows on phones. But it will something new and different.....so it is not dead!

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Have brand loyalty is DUMMY!

21. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

hijacking to clarify , the win10m Skype app is safe. Its the combined skype/ messaging from some very old 10m builds that is being shut down.

2. Pitrich

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 13, 2016

Man if I had a Windows phone Id be pissed. If they had any loyal customers there about to lose them too.

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"If they had any loyal customers there about to lose them too." Yeah, but the loyal Windows Phone consumers are too tiny in numbers for Microsoft to care at this point.

10. iushnt

Posts: 3083; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Better to lose them than keep them unsatisfied. Better to lose them than to suffer loss.

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Now I only have What's App left for my Windows 10 mobile to communicate with the outside world. I wonder when that end would eventually come.

16. Papa_Ji

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Skype is totally crap.... Line, Viber, Hike, WeChat and WhatsApp all are present in Windows store and all these are far better and popular then skype.

19. shadad

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

LOOOOOOL get android and forget this dead OS like i did long time ago.

4. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

They have killed Nokia for this miserable OS. I wish if Microsoft have killed windows, 7 years ago. I still might be enjoying Lumia 1050 pureview.

5. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 546; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Just declare Windows Phone,Windows 10 Mobile,Windows Surface Mobile,Windows Phone Mobile dead already & start focusing on making affordable Windows 10 tablets by replacing laptops.

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

For patents ofc.

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

For patents ofc.

22. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

they got design patents they didn't get any good patents

8. mahima

Posts: 726; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

the beautiful os...i miss them...but Microsoft disappoint...all the time

9. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Hilarious.

12. breathless

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 01, 2017

M$ hasn't really had a clear direction to go with in regards to Skype for quite some time. Just take a look at all the SMS/Messaging shenanigans they've done even in Insider builds. Kinda feels like Google with its own IM platforms tbh.

15. Subie

Posts: 2324; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

This is definitely not positive news. This doesn't affect me personally though as I've never used Skype on a phone anyway.

17. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 148; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

B@st@rds always supporting the others instead of their own

18. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 148; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

I love Lumia 1520 but thats it I'm leaving soon

20. jojon

Posts: 431; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

yes, total pricks, three Lumias, love them all and the OS, and now even the 950's are being kicked to the curb. Guess i will have to learn to love android, let's see what Nokia brings to the table. I feel bad about your 1520, a real Godzilla of phab's

23. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

tto again clarify, the win10m Skype app is safe. Its the combined skype/ messaging from some very old 10m builds that is being shut down.

25. jojon

Posts: 431; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

k..roger that

26. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Not all of us.. I'm not in denial. But until I NEED something on Android or iPhone. My 950XL takes great pictures, and works perfectly fine. Its also damn near indestructible. Phones are like PCs, they are MUCh better now than a few years ago. but even one from a few years ago does everything the standard person needs it to do.

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