Skype says goodbye to Windows Phone 8
In the past few years Skype has become one of the most popular software programs and with a reason. After all why not use free software that gives you the opportunity to chat and talk with people around the world with no annoying fees to pay? All you need is just Internet access and you are good to go.
Unfortunately as with everything else Skype also evolves and the latest news is that this program will no longer support Windows Phone 8 as well as older versions of Android. The major problem, however, lies with users of Microsoft smartphones. Currently more than 80 per cent of all smartphones with Windows run Windows Phone 8, which means that Skype will effectively cease to exist with time for Windows-based smartphones. That is, if you do not buy a new Microsoft smartphone and help the company, which has just announced a 70 per cent sales drop when it comes to its smartphones. This does not mean that Skype will stop working on your device overnight but with time passing by you won’t be able to enjoy new Skype features and one day the app will not even connect to Skype, which means it is time to get a new handset, if you want to use Skype again.
Now some good news – Skype will continue to run of PCs running Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and of course Windows 10. In addition users of Android 4.0 or newer, Mac OS X Yosemite or newer and iOS 8 have no reasons to worry – Skype will keep on working on these operating systems.
The folks at Skype say that Windows Phone 8 will be no longer supported because Skype will soon offer new features that require a newer OS. This is sad news for all people running Windows Phone 8 but this is the price to pay for technological progress.