In what will probably come across as another blow of abandonment to WP7 users, Microsoft today have announced that there will no longer be any updates to the WP7 version of their Skype app. Microsoft have never shown particular preference to their own OS when it comes to Skype, in fact WP was the last OS to get the ability to leave video messages (even after BB). The reason stated for the lack of future updates was to be able to focus on future updates for the WP8 platform:
As we look ahead to the future, we are focusing all our efforts to bring great experiences and improved performance to Windows Phone 8, building on the capabilities of the platform. As a result we are not planning to release further updates to Skype for Windows Phone 7. However the Windows Phone 7 app will remain available to download in the Windows Phone Store, so users can still keep using the core Skype experiences, such as Chat, Voice and Video Calls.
Although the main Skype experience will remain active, you can’t help but feel a sting of abandonment at the news.