Skype announces end of support for Windows Phone 8, details future plans
Microsoft has unveiled its plans for the future of the Skype platform today, announcing that they are slowly transitioning over from a peer-to-peer module to a far more modern cloud infrastructure, which allows Skype to work better across multiple kinds of devices.
Because of the transition to the cloud, Skype is having to leave some older, legacy devices and platforms behind:
Skype says they will continue to support Windows 7, 8, XP and Vista, Yosemite on Mac, iOS 8 and Android 4.03 operating systems, and obviously Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. So if you're using a relatively new operating system, you're good to go.
Microsoft has also spoken about the number of bugs many Skype users have been experiencing recently, such as notifications not syncing across devices and messages popping up hours after they are sent. The company says this is a result of the platform slowly being transitioned over to the cloud, and once that transition is complete, these bugs should be ironed out.
Finally, Microsoft closes out with a promise to commit to Skype where users want it:
So, there's a lot going on with Skype right now, with Microsoft recently launching its new Skype UWP preview for Windows 10 Mobile users and an updated online web version. Skype says the transition to the cloud should be complete over the next few months, so very exciting times ahead.
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Is it the end for windows users?
FU Skype team. You never truly bothered with WP.
Will not upgrade laggy & battery drainer windows mobile 10! Better buy cheap Android device.,,,
And now they don't give me suport..
If this is realy happen i quit my phone and i didn't look again for any microsoft product! Same on you microsoft!
István Kemény, Hungary