Skype – Ending Support for Some Android and Windows Phones

Skype, the Microsoft-owned chat application, has just recently announced that it is transitioning from P2P to cloud. Furthermore, this move is about to near its completion. Therefore, the company will be dropping support for the older versions of Windows and Android smartphones, and the deadline for this to be accomplished is on the month of October for this year.

Skype - Ending Support for Some Android and Windows Phones

Skype Will End Support for Older Versions of Android and Windows Phones by October 2016

In order to run the latest Android version of Skype, which is version 6.2 or higher, Android smartphone users would have to have an operating system version of 4.0.3 or above. For those that are running on Android OS 2.3 and above, they will only be able run Skype 4. Furthermore, users who are using Windows Phone 8 or older version, they will not be able to run the latest version of Skype.

Skype chief executive Gurdeep Pall said the following in a blog post: “The transition has been ongoing for a while and isn’t complete quite yet. The team is working hard to ensure that our users can continue to use Skype smoothly throughout the transition. At times, unforeseen issues have cropped up, like messages not syncing across devices, or delayed notifications. Knowing the impact of these issues for our users, we fix these issues as quickly as we can. We do ask all our users to update Skype to ensure they benefit from our latest fixes and improvements and to enable a smooth transition to the cloud.”

The chief executive continued further as he claims it to be a tough decision: “These decisions are hard to make, but they are necessary as Skype moves forward so we can deliver new experiences on devices that have the capability to support them. As such, we will begin to implement these changes over the coming months. You can check our support site to find out which devices and operating systems Skype will support in the future, but as an example we will continue to support Windows 7, 8, XP and Vista, Yosemite on Mac, iOS 8 and Android 4.03 operating systems.”

Pall also stated that they will be focusing their efforts on devices and operating systems wherein the majority of Skype users are located. He said that the company will be able to better focus its efforts on what is most important by doing so, such as in areas of new features and better call quality.


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