Skype was released in August 2003, but it was purchased by Microsoft in May 211, for $8.5 billion. The application is supported by a various platforms, including Android and Windows Phone, but with the arrival of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft has decided to make it a Universal Windows Platform app, which means that Windows 10 users can install it on their computers, tablets, or smartphones. However, unfortunately for users who have a device running on Windows Phone 8, 8.1 and Android below 4.0.3, starting from October, Skype will no longer be supported.
Skype will be “killed off” by Microsoft on the aforementioned operating systems. This announcement was made on Friday and it will affect 80% of Windows Phone users, who will still have the possibility to log into their accounts, send messages and make calls. Killing an application doesn’t mean that it will be removed for good on a certain OS. It means that its developers will stop releasing updates for it, so if there are bugs and other glitches, users will have to get used to them, because they will never be fixed.
Also, Skype will no longer be supported on Windows RT devices and Microsoft is planning to move the application from P2P to the cloud because this measure will improve some of Skype’s features, such as call quality, video messaging, file sharing and reliability.
This spring, Skype had over 300 million active users and the decision to end support for Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8.1, Windows RT and Android below 4.0.3 will either force users to buy a newer device that runs on later versions of Windows and Android, or they will find another application that will suit their needs, so they can keep their old phones.
However, if you’re one of the users who installed Windows 10 Mobile, then you can try out Skype Preview for Windows, which allows you to make video calls and group video calls with up to 25 friends.
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