Microsoft is planning to kill Skype for users on Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows Phone 8, early next year. This news was earlier said by Microsoft last month. At that point of time, they said the Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 users will not be able to access Skype from October.
However, the company is now planning to reverse the decision and extending the period to early 2017. At this point of time, only 20 percent of Windows smartphones runs Windows Phone 10 which means that 80 percent of Windows Phone users will be losing the support of Skype.
Along with the Windows Phone 8. 1 and WP 8, the company is also removing support for Android 4.0.3 as well. Added to the list is the Windows RT which is also losing the support.
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Microsoft is moving the Skype P2P to the cloud and is in the process of improving the application's features of file sharing, call quality, and video messaging. This move was especially taken because the Windows Phone market share is decreasing year-by-year and hence there is no point in providing the support for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 users.
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