Skype to drop support for Windows Phone 8.1, older versions of Android in October

Skype yesterday announced that its transition away from P2P and to the cloud will be complete in the coming months. As a result of this, support will be dropped for Skype on Windows Phone 8, 8.1 and versions of Android bellow 4.0.3. Users running versions of Android as old as 2.3 will still be able to use Skype 4, while versions 6.2 and above will be available on Android 4.0.3 and above. The end is nigh – October 2016.

Unfortunately, dropping support for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 means that 89.1% of Windows Phone users worldwide won't be able to use Skype on their smartphones. This means that only 10.9% of all Windows Phones will be able to use Skype, as frighteningly illustrated by this pie chart provided by self proclaimed Windows Phone addict Rudy Huyn.

“History repeats itself”, they say, and for good reason. Microsoft in 2014 pulled the plug on Skype for Windows Phone 7, kicking some 10 million users to the curb, only this time around the number is much larger.

The aforementioned 89.1% that won't be able to use Skype once October rolls, are divided between users of Windows Phone 8.1 (78.8%), Windows Phone 8.0 (7.4%) and Windows 7.x (2.9%). Excluding the latter group, an interesting thing to note is that, according to AdDuplex's March 2016 report on Windows 10 Mobile Upgradeability, a total of 50.4% of all WP 8.1 devices in use are Windows 10 upgradeable, but only 15.2% of them have actually been updated to the new OS.

source: Skype via MSPoweruser



1. avatar unregistered

Microsoft is literally cutting the branch from beneath the feet.


Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

The branch don't matter when there is millions of branches on that one tree. I also have Nexus 6p and can tell you windows just is a more common since os.


Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Finally maybe the cheap scapes will upgrade to Windows 10 mobile. I love my 950xl and soon HP elite, once the Surface phone comes life will change for everyone! The surface phone is the chosen one that will ascend past every phone that has existed.

5. libra89

Posts: 2272; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

To be honest, what is there really to upgrade to? The flagships are flagships, and there is no mid-range. The 550 is a upgrade from the 435, 520 series, and a good amount of the super low end. The 650 is a sidegrade that doesn't even have Band 12 and 17. (The Cricket variant has those yes, but you have to wait 6 months in order to request an unlock code.) What is the point of a upgrade if I'm losing connectivity in exchange? The low end Acer phone is not really exciting. The Jade Primo is great but a bit much. All of the current flagships are too big for my personal liking.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

To devs, WP Users can go to hell for all they care... Unfortunately, Microsoft is one of them... How can one possibly expect an OS to bloom when its very creator is strangling it to death...??? On second thought, MS is pushing people to upgrade to W10M which sounds more realistic... Unfortunately, W10M is STILL quite buggy and rough around the edges, hence I'm sticking with 8.1 on my Lumia for the time being... Oh well... G'Day!

6. libra89

Posts: 2272; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This. What Lumia do you have by the way? Just curious to know. I have one too, which got W10M through Insider and I basically updated for the improved apps that are there and some nice changes. Can't imagine using it as a DD at this point though.

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

What Lumia do I have...? Ahem... Er... Um... Well, its kinda embarrassing, my friend (blushes)... Really... Are you sure you want to know? Well, since one is asking so politely, I've a humble... Umm... You know... Lumia 430... (Gulp)... in my possession, I'm afraid... It's cheap, small 4" (Just the way I like smartphones) and when I saw that it has a planned upgrade to Windows 10, I just couldn't resist my self to spending $60 (Aussie Ones...) on an unlocked 430... Even though its small and humble (Cortex A7 Dual-Core, anyone?) it runs SURPRISINGLY fluid... Almost like an iPhone with NO LAG whatsoever... I've YET to witness a major lag, to be honest... And that's a good man's truth... G'Day!

11. libra89

Posts: 2272; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Ooh that's cool. I had a 435 for a bit. Gave it away because I never remembered to use it. Love the colorful backs on it though.


Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

The new build run great. Problem with windows was Nokia being honest Nokia had so many left over budget phones I'm portfolio Microsoft had to cut them. They knew most of the low end phones won't make profit, profit is in the high premium end not low end. Pushing users to Windows 10 they are other OEMs like HP and Acer pushing quality flagships. That is what windows 10 mobile will be seen as high end while 8.1 was low end Nokia phones.

8. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

My Lumia 535 is on W10 &its working fluidly!!

9. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Just wait for that Meangenius and Berbulli to show up and start defending this piece of s**t platform. Any minute now. Can't wait to see what excuses they come up with :D.

14. vazzzz

Posts: 64; Member since: May 09, 2014

This means that Skype won't push any updates to these operating systems. Not that nobody can use Skype. Who's writing these articles ?

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