Microsoft to "kill" Skype on Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 early next year

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Back in May 2011, Skype was purchased by Microsoft for $8.5 billion. Because Microsoft makes more money from licensing its Android patents than by selling Windows Phone handsets, the software giant saw no reason why it should (or even could) use Skype to pump up Windows Phone sales. Last month, Microsoft said that it would drop support for Skype on Windows Phone 8, 8.1 and versions of Android below 4.0.3 starting in October.

And in Early 2017, 80% of Windows Phone users will be saying goodbye to the app when Skype is "killed off" for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 users. That announcement was made by Microsoft on Friday. So that means Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 users will still get to use Skype (albeit with some limitations) through early 2017. This also applies to devices with Windows RT and Android phones and tablets running Android 4.0.3 and under. Microsoft is in the process of moving Skype from P2P to the cloud. Microsoft says that this will improve some of Skype's features like file sharing, call quality, reliability and video messaging. 

With Windows share of the smartphone market continuing to drop, there really is no reason for Microsoft to spend any time, energy or money in supporting anything but the Windows 10 Mobile version of the app. Speaking of which, if you own a handset running Windows 10 Mobile, you can install Skype Preview for Windows. This app supports video calls and group video calls up to 25 people. If interested, just click on the link.

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22 Comments

1. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

*below...not bellow...lol

2. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Idiots again. Supporting 4 years old Android and abandon in the same their own previous mobile OS, that is owing must of windows phone market. Brilliant idiots, brilliant!

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Nothing new here. They also choose to end Xbox 360 support when Sony choose to continue their PS3 support.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

It's like Microsoft is trying to fail.

5. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Microsoft is a fail in mobile.

6. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

The app skype will go, but user can still use webskype! MS is not trying to fail, this is a logical move.......but people do not understand....

7. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

A logical move to drop support for 80% of Windows Mobile users who are still using Windows Phone 8/8.1 devices, and only focus on the 20% using Windows 10 Mobile devices? How is it even remotely a logical move to basically say 'f**k you' to most of your userbase?

8. Theomars

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 13, 2016

You mean this will piss off all 5 of you?

11. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Not a Windows Mobile user so it's not gonna affect me, I was just saying.

9. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

At least MS is supporting devices longer than manufacturers with Android! And W10 is the way to go, if people are still stuck on WP8/8.1.....well time to move on! W10 ia way better and faster!

10. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Do tell me how can I upgrade to this way to go? MS is not planning on releasing win10 for my handset...

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Join the insider program. It's free, and you get all the updates. You can even choose the rate of speed in which you get them: http://www.windowscentral.com/windows-insider-program https://insider.windows.com/ BTW, which Windows handset do you use?

13. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

What phone are you using?

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Microsoft thinks they are successful like Apple. Their message is loud and clear to WP user base, don't think we own you a living it's the other way a around and when I want you to move to a new platform you better move or get lost!

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Irony, it seems like Microsoft is more interested in supporting Android than WP. Anyone with a old jelly bean handset can still use Skype while WP8.1 a far more recent handset from Microsoft could not. It's so sad I almost feel sorry for the MS troll. Lol! It's JB Android 2012 vs a July 15th 2014 WP 8.1 release.

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Bottom line to Microsoft, a 2012 ANDROID phone is still more precious and deserving than their own 2014 WP8.1 phone. So why should I buy their phone? SIGPRO I am asking you? Right now I am would resist all forms of Microsoft products because they treat their user as idiot and losers.

22. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I said some of this before when they ended support for WP 7 users...folks didnt wanna listen then. http://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-to-kill-skype-for-windows-phone-7/ Maybe with one of their OS updates it will stay supported for longer than 1 version... Their flip flopping on .....their own app support...and OS updates....is a telling sign that WP/Win Mo is going to be no more in the near future.

14. bikrame

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

They already killed skype !! By buying it.

15. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I've been using Skype since pre-MS up till now and it got waaay waay more useful than it was.

20. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

how so? explain, or was that just the usual cliche and baseless anti MS drivel..?

16. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Half a trillion dollar company and can't even support their own products. The few remaining stragglers still using 8.1 have already shown some loyalty by sticking around and yet Microsoft can't even follow suit. Once again Microsoft has shown they can never foster a healthy growing platform.

21. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

you do realize MS holds more than 90 percent of the computing market. not do mention they are the 2nd largest cloud service. i mean, I could go on but those to examples alone make your comment moot.

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