Skype for Windows Phone, RT, and TV to be retired on July 1
In a move that's been coming for some time, Microsoft is gearing up to retire the Skype app for some older platforms on July 1. The company has started alerting Skype users to the app's impending retirement on older platforms, specifically calling out Windows Phone 8 and 8.1, along with Windows RT. Even Skype for TV and Skype integration with the Messaging app for Windows 10 Mobile are being retired, Microsoft says (via Thurrott.com).
From the message:
The retirement has been long-planned, with Microsoft announcing its intentions to leave some legacy versions of the app behind as it worked to revamp the backend of the messaging service over the past year. This alert, however, is the first time we've seen an exact shutdown date.
If you're still using Skype on one of the affected platforms, you'll likely have to resort to the web after July 1 in place of the native apps. For Windows Phone users, the most logical move would be to Windows 10 Mobile if possible; the new universal Skype app recently shed its preview tag and is ready for primetime.
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Then again, 10 mobile in general is slower and less reliable than 8x, so I guess it's all part of Nutella's "plan".
By the looks of Cshell it appears that he does have a plan....
I am OK if MS just remove the app from the RT store. But to retire tje service in these devices is shocking....
Ahh, the "let them eat cake" business philosophy.
According to M. Fortin / CVPA, Windows and Devices Core Quality (blogswindows.com)
"the list includes a limited set of Windows Phone 8.1 devices and does not include some devices that run Windows 10 Mobile in the Windows 10 insider program." They go on to say that older device will be hampered by older hardware and not reap any real benefit and compromise customer experience. With that said, it's just not going to happen, obviously, for those that have older phones. If someone really want to stay with Windows 10 Mobile, they can get a 950 XL for about $250. Otherwise, just move to Android or iPhone. Microsoft tried to do what others didn't and quickly realized why others didn't. Older hardware, when it comes to phones, just isn't worth the trouble of trying to get a much newer OS onto an older device. Cellphones aren't like computers. I realize that many people still carry around 3-5 year old cellphones. However, when those phones fail, get damaged or the user is simply ready for an upgrade, they will get something newer. Google and Apple understood this, but MS wanted to make a name for themselves...and they did. That name was that of company that didn't keep promises. Unfortunately, that was the beginning of their market loss on the mobile front. Some developers lost confidence and market share began to stall and eventually begin to reduce. When you add Satya Nadella's plan for retrenchment and stop making devices, it was to be expected. This is just my opinion from an objective point of view and not just from someone that still uses and loves his Windows 10 Mobile device.
And yes... Those of us who have actually moved on to W10 will probably keep buying their phones since the alternatives are horrible.
Your interpretations of cats are not point on.
We are commited to make your life harder, and we have certainly succeeded in that!