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Skype halts development for Windows Phone 7, sets course for Windows Phone 8

The Skype team today has taken to their blog to further outline some of their plans for mobile going forward.  In the article, they highlight how Windows Phone 8 was the first OS to receive mobile HD video calling and feature the new Modern UI. They also mentioned that “the vast majority of our Windows Phone base and usage is on Windows Phone 8”.

Skype, like all companies, has to put their resources where the market is and because of that, they’re announcing that there will be no further development for Windows Phone 7.x legacy devices.

The future of Skype is with Windows Phone 8

That’s the bad news. The good news is they are not pulling the app from the Store and it will remain there for customers to use and download going forward. The “core Skype experiences” including Chat, Voice and Video Calls will remain operational, but don’t expect any more future updates.

Windows Phone 8 overtook 7.x back in June (Source: AdDuplex)

The move by Skype should not be seen as a surprise. Back in June, data from AdDuplex demonstrated how Windows Phone 8 had overtaken Windows Phone 7 usage with a 53% dominance. To put that in perspective, at the time Windows Phone 8 had only been on the market for seven months, while its predecessor had been available for nearly two years.

It’s clear that the momentum is with Windows Phone 8, especially with the dozen Lumia devices that have been released since last November. There is also little argument that the 53% number has only increased since the summer.

Although it's a shame to see Windows Phone 7.x development be brought to a halt, resources need to be spent on the big prize and that’s Windows Phone 8. At least 7.x users won’t be losing anything, as the Skype app will remain available for the near future.

Recently, Skype for Windows Phone 8 received the video messaging feature and we should see more advances for Skype on Windows Phone 8 in the future.

Source: Skype Blog (opens in new tab); Thanks, Erik E., for the tip!

Daniel Rubino
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Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

  • There was a development for us loely wp7 users!?!?
  • Haha I agree completely. What a joke, they didnt update skype on wp7.x for like a year. Since the beginning of skype on wp7 there was only a hand full of updates. Too little to begin with. I just hope they'll do a better job for wp8
  • It was really a shame they released it. The app was awful iphone 3G users had a better experience.
  • Its better to have something than nothing. I would rather have the current skype on my old WP7 than no skype at all.
  • In related news, Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows XP.
  • Whats the XP product life again? one year as well?
  • 2014 I think
  • April 8, 2014 for XP with Service Pack 3. Likewise for Office 2003.
  • Exactly this is not a surprise.  Wp7 users did not notice any skype development since wp8 in early dev stages.  Tha same exact thing happened in xbox 360, msn live chats where abandoned and skype was supposed to take that place, but they never did.
    Ridiculus that having an xbox 360 and a kinect they did not release anything at all.
  • I'm not surprised because I remembered how many WP.7x devices didn't even have front facing cameras.  Of course more WP8 device owners are using video chat services.
  • I'm not sure what a FF camera has to do with anything? I use video calling maybe 0.01% of the time, and I'll use my PC or laptop instead. 99% I use Skype for IM and 0.99% for voice calls.
  • I'm just as suprised as you.
  • Time to upgrade and stop bitching.
  • I'm not bitching and will upgrade when an upgrade is available. WP7 is still better than WP8.
  • See, you even knew I was talking to you.
  • Lol...
  • WP7 was a was bad joke.
    Shame MS!!!
  • Skype...what a cluster for MSFT.
  • They recently had their app updated for iOS 7 and they don't have time and resources to improve on their home turf!!what a story!!
  • Because iOS7 is a growing market share, wp7 has no more devices available to sell. Yes it's unfortunate, and I just upgraded, but wp7 is going the way of 6.5. Upgrade as soon as you can, it's so much better.
  • Grow your own marketshare!
  • Really? You want them to market more WP7 phones so you can keep updates to an app?
  • No. I want them to focus on Windows Phone.
  • The discussion is about WP8 vs WP7, and in part why iOS7 gets an update when WP7 doesn't.
  • Exactly. So you got the memo now.
  • Which has nothing to do with focusing on Windows Phone in general, is what I'm saying. There's no need to be rude. Your initial comment came across as if you wanted them to continue to increase WP7 market share.
  • No sir. You just took it that way. I never mentioned WP7. I simply said MARKETSHARE. When saying marketshare, who in the world is talking about WP7??
  • Since the context of the thread was WP7, not Windows Phone in general.
  • But WP8 doesn't have Zune!
  • 'dat communication.
  • I'm sorry wp7 guys but I'm hoping you guys upgrade the new Skype is not bad anymore at least. It was at first!
  • I'm hoping you figure a way to get out of that alternate dimension.
  • Not sure what you've been smoking but Skype has given me zero problems so far on my 920.
  • Me too, i think people just like to complain...
  • They do, but not this time. Skype on wp8 still lacks many features (some of which are real deal breakers).
    • the biggest shortcoming is a very strange one: there are notifications for incoming messages but NONE for missed calls, wtf!?
    • you can't receive files (images, docs, etc.)
    • messages don't integrate with the built in chat (messenger was)
    • last but not least, we are still waiting for full integration into the OS. Untill they fix these, you can't blame people for complaining about the Skype experience.
  • Lack is not the same as "suck", like the guy above pretended to sound like.
    its obvious Skype will lack features since Wp8 is only 1 year old, same with Win8 (since code is not so different, different but not so different like win8 vs wp7) so you cant expect new platforms to have the same features as old platforms, but they are updating it. and thats the thing, they will be fully featured soon. especially since win8 is going to be the default messaging app from 8.1, so that would give priority to release features and fixes.
  • No one said that they won't fix it, nor that there were no updates.
    I'm all for being supportive and appreciative of the work done on Skype, but likewise no one can or should deny that the whole experience is still lagging behind other major platforms and the situation could use some urgency. And accordingly, I see their decision to abandon wp7.x and focus on wp8 as forward thinking and a step in the right direction...
  • so no battery drain running it? file transfers working just fine? notifications all coming through? video messages working without problems?
  • No. Yes. Yes. Yes.
  • Nope, It's perfect .. Idk why you people like to complain.
  • Works great for me too.
  • Works great on my 1020. I use it all the time.
  • Well, they only have 3 guys working on Skype for Windows Phone. Give them a break.
  • Skype and the WP 7/8 fiasco are easily the low points of recent MSFT mobile ventures, so yay....?
  • huh?
  • I agree, windows phone 7 is a distaster, I hope they don't do the same thing to windows phone 8.
  • ehmm its different, Windows phone 8 while it looks the same as WP7, it doesnt mean its the same anymore. since WP8 got the NT kernel... so no, it wont happen. because Microsoft wont switch from kernel anymore.
  • What's unclear? They bought Skype to no advantage whatsoever to their native platforms. The hard stop transition between 7 and 8 has been a continuing nightmare.
  • Why
  • ⬇⬇⬇That's why..⬇⬇⬇
  • Because
  • Because of why, then another why happens. Because another why, another of another why happens.
  • What
  • This is a good move. Allocation of resources is the most important part of keeping ahead or in this case catching up.
  • I agree, this is actually good news.
    I don't think it's advantageous for anyone to continue developing for WP7, in fact, it's actually disadvantageous for WP8.
    The WP7 market will only continue to shrink, and within a year or two, I suspect it will be nonexistent.
  • The 1 person working part time on WP7 is probably very happy to join the other guy at the WP8. There now called a team and in work time there actually 1 person full time time now. Yeah, its a party over there now for sure.
    Best regards
  • We are talking about Skype developers and other developers, not WP8 devs.
  • Sorry if I made my self not clear enough. I am speaking of Skype developers, and how many is working on the Skype app for the OS known as WP7 and WP8.
  • Judging by the pace of development, I'd say your estimates are quite accurate. Quite infuriating when the only platform that lags behind is Microsoft's latest and greatest. It's a bit like if Toyota hired 300 guys to develop a new engine for Ford and then hired 2 to make one for themselves.
  • Skype still lacks a proper Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 integration. I'm sick of having to turn off the notifications every time I'm home because I'd hear them on my phone when on Skype on my computer. Oh, and not forgetting to turn them back on every morning when leaving... And it's worst with the Messenger/Skype fusion. Now, if I appear online inside the messaging app, I'll be seen by my messenger contacts, my facebook contacts (which can be disabled) and my Skype contacts online. But if someone talks to me through Skype and I don't have the notifications turned on, I'll never know until I check the tile. This is a mess... I really hope Windows 8.1 or even GDR3 actually kicks out the "Skype" app to make it native. They need to erase all "messenger" remains and merge Skype deep into the system.
  • Have you used Windows 8.1? cause I haven't -_- lol so I am wondering if the Skype integration really is as great as they are promoting. I've seen some awesome videos detailing the Skype in Windows 8.1 and in order for an "app" to take control of your lockscreen and be active like I saw in the video, then it must be a baked in feature, so perhaps removing that "app" moniker like you wish. I guess we'll see on Oct. 18 :D very, veryyy excited. Windows 8 turned my 3 years old home PC into a very snappy machine again, especially on startup times :)
  • The Skype 8.1 experience is really good IMO.  However, without a presense system for Skype, notifications will still be sent to all logged in devices.  That's not going to change anytime soon unfortunately.
  • I'm using 8.1 and Skype is slightly better than what it is on Windows 8. The notifications works way better, but the snapped view is broken as hell (which will obviously be fixed in the final release. Overhall, I can't say it's that much better than Windows 8, but add weak Windows Phone 8 integration and the duo doesn't work that well... =/
  • If your in another app, or on desktop you get notifications now?
  • I'm not sure I understand your question. What I meant is that if you're on you desktop/laptop, chatting on Skype, your phone will *ding* each time you get a new message, as the Skype Windows Phone App will keep pushing notifications. You have to disable them manually not to get them twice...
  • On the Surface Pro the notifications stops coming in if you leave the app and go in to, say Metro IE or Desktop.
  • I almost never get my skype calls on my phone.
    Oh that's me too
  • Disappointing.. :(
  • Honestly I assumed they stopped development or 7.X a long time ago.
  • Skype doesn't even work in the background on wp8..
  • Except it does?  I get skype calls on my 920 all the time...
  • As do I. Can you change the Skype ringtone? I haven't tried it yet.
  • You should check to see if you are "available".
  • Haha yes it does.... What wp8 phone are you using?
  • Works fine in the background for me on a Lumia 920.
  • I do not get calls if I am not in the app
  • works fine in the background for me, calls, messages; message notifications are a little buggy at times but calls go through for sure
  • I get both calls and messages even if I "exit" Skype. (Lumia 620)
  • might be because the wifi turns off (does that by default).. check your advanced settings in wifi...
  • It does, and it will give you a good feeling when that call comes and you get to show the person where in the world you are :)
  • What it all boils down to is that notifications in general on WP is awful, to say the least. I love my WP and 920, but even I can admit when something just plain sucks. And notifications on WP sucks. I really hope they fix it in WP8.1.
  • Skype runs in background very well.
  • There goes the "support" promisses.
    Though I'm not surprised. I feel bad for WP7 owners though. Specially in the US where the majority is bound to carrier contracts. I wonder how things like this will - or if they will - reflect upon the choices of WP7 owners once the time to change devices arrives.
  • The people who bought wp7 devices should be at the end of their contracts at this point. They can upgrade and there are many good wp8 devices that are under $100 on contract. The only people who should be still under contract are those who bought the phone when wp8 was announced and the discontinuation was confirmed.
  • I am not at the end of any contract. I never buy operator subsidized phone, just because it isn't at all much cheaper than buying unlocked phone in the store at full price. And I guess that is how it works for many people outside of U.S.
    U.S. market is very specific with their ultra cheap phones "on contract".
  • Then maybe they should then stop selling and advertising Windows Phone 7.0 devices, such as the Lumia 800 and 900:
    Besides that, not all countries allow carrier subsidizing (AFAIK Israel and Singapore). Let's hope that the Windows 7 -> 8 transition will be the last abrupt change. I do think it's a good idea for Skyp to focus on Windows Phone 8 now, although it would be nice if they still added reliability and stability fixed to the WP7 version.
  • Except those who bought the Lumia 900 or Titan II last year. They still have a year to go.
    Smartphone beta test indeed.
  • Tell that to people with a Titan II or Lumia 900.
  • As others have said, many people bought WP7 devices last year. Some of them, actually, even bought them THIS year. In many European countries you still have WP7 devices being promoted and on sale.
    Sure, we don't do those "contracts" here in Europe, we normally pay the full price and are free to change phones as soon as we want (I bought a L920 when my L800 was just 1 year old). However, average consumer expects support for the devices they buy, specially when they have 2 years of warranty by Law. If you tell these people "sorry, we've already discontinued that phone and we won't support it anymore" when their phone isn't 2 years old, I think it's to be expected for people to be frustrated.
    Specially after the fiasco that was the WP7.8/WP8 thing (I still don't know if MS or Nokia are to blame for the first generation of Lumias being released with a dead OS)
  • I can understand the frustrations of WP7 users who bought those devices within the last year... but they only have themselves to blame. Everyone should do a little research before buying a new phone, and if they had done that, they would have known about WP8.
  • there are many countries where carrier subsidies are not available and ppl buy phones at full unsubsidized prices so dont expect ppl to chnge phones every year or 2, beside if everyone does get blamed by you and like minded, then probably ppl will stop buying WPs n wont give a chance to a budding platform which is still in a nascent stage.
  • Maybe with this they can actually turn the WP8 and W8 apps into products that are actually enjoyable to use.
  • Ok hopefully now they can fix their damn group messaging and messaging in general.  Also make the UI easy to navigate and use. 
  • What development? It's been lacking since day 1
  • It's easy to see why Skype didn't get much traffic from WP7. That app is utterly broken.
    But it's not surprising that the halt development for it. The last time they updated it was in July 2012 with no new features, just bug fixes. And they stopped after version 1.3.
    Microsoft could have handled the whole WP7 fiasco way better. But it's a really small market so I can't hold it against them.
    I'm still using WP7 on my Lumia and my upgrade is still some months away but it's still working great for me and most things that I use are available for it so I'm not super mad.
    I think at this point I'll just skip WP8 and get the first generation of 8.1 available which should be incredible.
  • I went from WM6.5 to WP8 Portico (GDR1) I completely skipped all Windows Phone 7 family: (7.0 / 7.5 / 7.8) People with WP7.8 should upgrade right to WP8.1 and completely skip Windows Phone 8 family (GDR1 / GDR2 / GDR3)
  • "The future of Skype is with Windows Phone 8"
    wHAT?? Their future is on iOS and Android. Skype on my Lumia 822 is just barely acceptable.
  • Skype on Android was also a disaster earlier this year. Not sure how it is now.
  • They also mentioned that “the vast majority of our Windows Phone base and usage is on Windows Phone 8”.
    Well, somebody confuses cause and its effect. There would be more Skype usage on WP7 if the application would have been really updated and improved there.
  • I have quietly moved on from WP7.x and am now fully enjoying WP8.x ...
    Though I was always annoyed as a 7.x user reading the lack of support :-\
  • Phone 7 is dead. I am actually with MS on this one. I own a phone 7 device and a phone 8 device. With each passing day I find less and less use for the phone 7 device.
  • As it should be. . . (response to title). Didn't read article. Lost interest after title.
  • Still waiting for picture sharing and animated emoticons. Voice messages would be nice to like whatsapp. Or maybe if the video messages didn't take an hour to download...
  • Well this was not a surprise. WP 8 is obviously where they should spend their time and money. But I really wanna know what 7.9 or the next update after 7.8 will have. Otherwise im gonna start working on how to install XDA version of 7.8. It offers way more functionality then the current 7.8. And I can't upgrade coz my HTC Radar is just a year old. :/
  • Agreed... This was an eventuality. I recall Nokia slides bring posted months ago about a possible post 7.8 update. With decisions like this, it seems less likely to happen.
  • I would love to know but.. Damn I really need Bluetooth share.. People judge WP from basic stuff like this. I tell my friends that my radar has no Bluetooth share and they will be like android phones are better *-*
  • Don't mind this move, just make it worthwhile...Cortana *wink wink
  • Good Choice Microsoft.
    WP8.1 and WP9 need all the resources they can get. To stop mucking around with dead OSs is a good choice. So far, Microsoft has only managed the "Shut Up" part of their "Shut up and Ship" mantra.
  • The WP8 support is still a joke. Skype should be totally integrated in and should work no differently than phone calls - not an independent app.
  • WP7 has made it's peak and now MS has to focus on WP8 where it can start making a dent in the phone market. C'mon legacy users, jump on board already!
  • I'm still a very active user of windows 7.8 on my htc Titan 1 unsubsidized phone. The phone works fine and still very useful, even skype.
  • Its kinda like they are officially annoucing wp7 was failure and beta test for wp8. Hope wp8 is difftent.
  • Ehhhh... I can't even even login on the WP7 version because my Skype account was created on Windows 8 with my Microsoft account and the WP7 doesn't allow to login using the Microsoft account. I was hoping they would at least fix that...
  • There is a trick to logging in or adding people who have a MS account as a normal skype user.  I believe the trick is to convert your MS account email to a domain:username format.
    For example: => live:first.last => outlook:coolguy23
    When I log in to and click Profile I see my name as "live:username" and that has worked for me when asking friends to add me as a Skype contact.
    Let me know if that works for you.  I agree, the integration is still poor in many ways for MS accounts.  It really needs to be fixed.
  • Legacy support is what makes Microsoft so great :| I guess that this is a new Microsoft.
  • The Skype app on WP7 is a piece of shit, no wonder they don't register much traffic on that terrible app.
  • A good portion of WP7 devices didn't even have front facing cameras
  • As a wp8 user, I still have to say that this is RETARDED
  • The Smart Phone beta test as of now is officially over, we promise this time
  • They will stop supporting windows Phone 8 in future....******** u ms,you have become a dumb company without any creativity,you dnt knw there is a world outside US f*****u ms
  • You're an idiot.
  • that seems to be kinda dumb... >.<
  • This is why I am not upgrading to WP 8. I will continue to use WP 7 until my phone gives up. Maybe until then WP will shape up more.
  • That makes no sense.
    Do you expect a Skype to support WP7 forever? Should they still be supporting Windows Mobile 5?
    I think this is actually good, they will focus resources on the present/future rather than splitting those resources.
    If an app dropping support for WP7 upsets you, be prepared because this is about to happen more and more.
  • But its just been 8 months since wp8 is released. And there are still 47% users on wp7 platform. You just can not say that. But even you have a point.