Microsoft To No Longer Support WP7 Version of Skype App

| September 20, 2013 | 13 Replies

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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.

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Category: Applications, Lumia, Nokia, Windows Phone

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  • efekt

    As a Lumia 900 owner, I have no problem with MS dropping future updates to Skype for WP (as I assume it’ll eventually be integrated into WP, and since WP 7.8 cannot be changed this drastically – it’s only logical that it’d happen) – But I do wish Nokia would at least give this to us, WP 7.8 users: Unlock WP7’s bootloaders. Allow us to easily get at least Interop Unlock, if not full unlock.

    Yeah, I know there’s quite the slim chance for this to happen – as this would intervene with proprietary code of Nokia’s – but one can dream, no? 🙂

    I’d really like to have Hebrew support on my Lumia 900, and such thing exists unofficially via interop-unlock. It’ll keep me happy until I could get my hands on the Lumia 1520 😛

    • BrianT

      efekt: “I’d really like to have Hebrew support on my Lumia 900”

      Looking in the store there are several free apps that give you the ability to enter Hebrew.

      My Keybo Plus Free looks to be one of the better ones. Not one of mine, in case you were wondering 😉

  • Bazil

    Nokia is providing updates for their past devices even 3 years after the day they were launch. They still provide updates for their dead platform, Symbian. That’s the way you get happy and loyal customers. Microsoft on the other hand doesn’t seem to care. They stop giving updates even for the devices that were sold one year ago. I am afraid that the future of Nokia (and now Microsoft) phones does not look so bright.

    • Ali Abdulla

      they did support XP for a really long time, vista too. i’ll give them that

      obviously both platform had a bunch of ppl…

      but i’d never buy anything new from MS, if i was a WP7 user.. the amount of disappointment is just too much, and we are talking about a giant of a company here… Nokia(then a sinking ship) supported my N8 fabulously, for just too much time, i was sad when they moved on, feature pack 2 etc, but there was no hard feelings 🙂

      and thats a main reason why i bought a wp8 lumia, for the supp i had , from Nokia, not MS
      heck as a WP8 user, im not happy with the support thus far.. i dont care if IOS/andriod have more users than WP8, Microsoft, if u own a multiplatform app, WP8 is ur priority, .. or are u telling me, that i should leave to a more populated platform to receive better support? is that what u tell 3erd party devs?

      maybe i will :S

      • Bazil

        I also have the N8 and I am very happy with the support. They didn’t give us FP2 (due to hardware reasons) but they gave us FP1 Refresh which has pretty much the same features. Microsoft did the same with WP7 (they didn’t give them WP8 but they gave them WP7.8) and it was OK, but stopping supporting one of your major apps after a year is something unacceptable.

        • Marc Aurel

          The N8 was upgraded from Symbian^3 to Anna, then to Belle and finally to Belle Refresh. That’s 2½ major upgrades. There could have been WP 7 phones that were upgraded from WP 7.0 to 7.5 and then to 7.8, but most WP 7.0 phones never received a 7.8 upgrade. SO Microsoft’s (and their WP7 launch partners’) support was clearly inferior to what Nokia gave to the N8 and other Symbian^3 phones.

  • Ammad

    it begins..

  • Patata

    Not that there was any improvement for Skype on WP7.8 in the past months anyway…

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  • Pete

    Sure, why bother. After all, everyone and their mother has already gotten rid of Windows Phone 7, and switched to brand new 1020s, like, all of them. And now that Windows Phone 8 has a vast majority of marketshare, they can afford putting off their already-customers and early-adopters.

    Nice going, Microsoft. Pay a couple of billions for Skype, then some more for Nokia, and screw them both right after.

    I wonder, by the way, what are the oldest versions of iOS and Android still supported by Skype? It’s almost too simple to drop yo sorry-ass and switch to the iPhone, Microsoft.

  • rustyknight17

    And we’re trusting MS to support Symbian and Meego ?!?

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