Microsoft stops supporting Skype for 85% of Windows Phone owners

Radu Tyrsina
by Radu Tyrsina
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If you are using Skype frequently on your Windows Phone, then we have some bad news for you. It seems that users who own Windows Phone 8.1 devices can now longer download Skype from the Store, as it isn’t available for their handsets anymore. Keep in mind that you will be able to download the application via a direct link, but this application will stop working in a matter of months.

At the same time, you should know that even if Microsoft is listing Skype as being compatible with Windows 10 Mobile, this is not entirely true, as the company only supports Windows 10 Mobile 1607, also known as the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. We remind you that only 14% of Windows Phone devices are currently running on Windows 10 Mobile and 9.5% of them are running on the Windows 10 Mobile 1511 version.

We have to agree that it is quite easy to update to the new operating system, but keep in mind that the new OS version is only supported by a few Windows Phones. A good example is Moly X1, which even if it has the internal specifications to compete with the Lumia 640 or Lumia 840, it can’t be updated to Windows 10 Mobile 1607.

In other words, Microsoft is now cutting support for Windows Phone 8.1 devices by killing the services that are used the most. We’re not sure why the American multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington is doing this, but they will need to think twice before making these kinds of moves.

We’re sure that not all of you use Skype, but soon enough, the company might stop other useful tools such as Xbox Music or Cortana Beta as well. At the same time, third party developers will most likely stop supporting these devices also and, soon enough, their owners will need to start looking for a new device.

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  • When you only have 2.5% market share you should hang onto your customers like grim death. Whether they are running 10, 8.1 or even 7.8 they should be supported and cared for. But Microsoft have other ideas.

    Do they think that disguntled 7.8/8.1 users are going to buy new Windows phones when they’ve been let down so badly by Microsoft? Does Microsoft think they will bully users into buying later Microsoft products by crippling their own products? Really? If you stiff your customers don’t expect them to hang around.

    What a shame – Windows Phone was a refreshing change. But I won’t be loyal to a company that has an arrogant death wish for its product and treats me like crap.