RIP: Skype for Windows Phone 7 is dead

Microsoft has a pretty good track record of keeping products around for a long time, and sometimes maybe a little too long. That's why it's surprising to hear when a service is being discontinued for good. Unfortunately, that's the case for Skype on the Windows Phone 7 platform.

An announcement was posted on the Skype website today outlying the death of the product. In the next few weeks, users will be unable to login to Skype on a Windows Phone 7 device, although logins from other mobile devices are obviously unaffected. It's important to note that users who subscribe to Skype and use it exclusively on an end of life device must take action to cancel their account to avoid being charged. There's a chance that some users may be entitled to a refund as well, presumably if the service was pre-paid.

Keeping old services up and running costs money and diverts resources away from pushing products into the future. It's clear that Microsoft's future is with Windows Phone 8.1 and newer, so while the news may be a little surprising, it makes sense from a business perspective.

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windows phone 7 was the biggest mistake Microsoft made. at least to compensate this mistake Microsoft should have discontinued wp7 sale and yet its still selling. crazy

Yeah WP7 has reached its end of life cycle. The problem is that in some countries WP7.X is still getting sold as new devices, and one of the promises of WP is Skype, I guess this is a total let down for some users.

mmmmm, I received an email from Microsoft regarding my skype account. The skype account I closed about two years ago!

Does this also include WP 7.8? I just wonder because a mate has the Lumia 900 (although he's due for an carrier upgrade right now). Anyway seems odd to me, if 7.8 is still supported then meh :p

Steven P. said,
Does this also include WP 7.8? I just wonder because a mate has the Lumia 900 (although he's due for an carrier upgrade right now). Anyway seems odd to me, if 7.8 is still supported then meh :p

Sure is, "As a result, within the next few weeks, you'll no longer be able to sign in and use Skype on any Windows Phone 7 device"
This sort of thing doesn`t inspire confidence in a platform!

time to move onto viber :)

the Skype API on my desktop also stopped working this week - very disappointing, considering I was using trillian to take advantage of skype messaging.

No way I'm going to run Skype full time on my desktop, I'll just move to a better messaging platform. Microsoft seems to have lost the messaging plot.

Riggers said,

Sure is, "As a result, within the next few weeks, you'll no longer be able to sign in and use Skype on any Windows Phone 7 device"
This sort of thing doesn`t inspire confidence in a platform!

I'm still on WP 7.8 and just the other day, when I tried to sign into skype, it spewed out an error about network settings and just refused to sign me in. Didn't really use the app, so I'm not affected. Also, I'm not going to throw away a perfectly good phone just because of an app. :)

i just dont understand why wp7 devices dont get updated to wp8, as far as i know, most of them can support it, i have a lumia 630 and it seems like it isnt much better than the wp7 devices, maybe microsoft are concerned that on those phones, there is the old windows logo, but that would be a stupid reason not to allow an update

Deyirn said,
i just dont understand why wp7 devices dont get updated to wp8, as far as i know, most of them can support it, i have a lumia 630 and it seems like it isnt much better than the wp7 devices, maybe microsoft are concerned that on those phones, there is the old windows logo, but that would be a stupid reason not to allow an update

To update it the phone needs a new kernel as Windows Phone 8.+ uses a different one. That, I think, is the problem.

Scabrat said,

To update it the phone needs a new kernel as Windows Phone 8.+ uses a different one. That, I think, is the problem.

That's not a problem.

The problem is that new drivers would need to be written for all the old hardware, which would be buggy and expensive to develop, with very little gain.

The other problem, which is a smaller issue, is that WP7 devices don't support some minimum hardware requirements, especially involving security. WP8 depends on some hardware security features that would be a waste of time to try to implement in software.

Deyirn said,
i just dont understand why wp7 devices dont get updated to wp8, as far as i know, most of them can support it,

Greed.

Walrush said,
Honestly, Skype for Windows Phone 8 is so bad it may as well be on Life Support itself.

Maybe now some better features will come to the mobile versions of Skype... Probably not, but here is to hoping! =)

I still wish they'd bring back Windows Mobile 6.x format.. THAT was an awesome phone... instead I've resorted to using my Razer Edge Pro as a phone... thank you skype and netzero.

Izlude said,
I still wish they'd bring back Windows Mobile 6.x format.. THAT was an awesome phone... instead I've resorted to using my Razer Edge Pro as a phone... thank you skype and netzero.

WM6.5 was buggy as h*** on my HTC Touch Diamond; I had to perform a hard reset 4-5 times a week!

kiddingguy said,

WM6.5 was buggy as h*** on my HTC Touch Diamond; I had to perform a hard reset 4-5 times a week!


I still have my HD2 with WM 6.5 and it is a great device; the Diamond issues were related to HTC... and I know because I had it too. I hated the back of that phone.

How can any Windows fan view this as something positive? It is clearly MS trying their hardest to push existing WP7 users over to WP8...Pretty terrible seeing as they have so few mobile users in the first place.

Minimum Android requirement for Skype is Gingerbread 2.3 which is 3.5 years old, so theres no excuse for MS not to support their own customers on their own platforms.

I don't see it as a positive thing but it seems to me this is probably not about trying to push WP7 users to WP8 but that there are so few WP7 users and an even smaller amount who use Skype on their phone that it's no longer worth spending resources developing it. WP7 was dead long before Microsoft announced WP8, they shouldn't have continued to release WP7 phones for so long.

I don't see it as positive, but not really that negative. WP7 was kind of a mistake. WP8 was the do-over on WP. I think there are so many limits in WP7 that MS decided it was best to just cut losses and leave it behind. I think the technical challenges of maintaining everything WP twice for such a small base of users is just too much.

And PowerPC Macs have been discontinued since...2006
Windows Phone 7 devices have been *released* as recently as December 2012 (Lumia 505)

Uh huh.. so what when IE9 support dies is that planned obsolescence as well? or for that matter when they Discountined support for XP. its not planned obsolescence its innovating for the future. and no one has a bright future if part of their focus is on the past. its that simple

Plus like author says, its money then better spent elsewhere

Still waiting for some app updates for a few old Androids too... which will never happen. It happens. New stuff in, old stuff retired. Not even remotely new.. well except when it's Microsoft then zomg. Windows Phone 7 drops out of support next month.. shocker.

Updates are one thing and most often, the program still works. This looks like Skype will not work at all on WP7. I am sure lot of people will be upset about this. How many, who knows . I never seen anyone use it on a phone before and I have only used it once to try it out. So may just be shrugged off by most. Either way, doesnt impact me at all . :)

techbeck said,
Updates are one thing and most often, the program still works. This looks like Skype will not work at all on WP7. I am sure lot of people will be upset about this. How many, who knows . I never seen anyone use it on a phone before and I have only used it once to try it out. So may just be shrugged off by most. Either way, doesnt impact me at all . :)

Perception is extremely important. Microsoft would have done themselves a lot better to just leave Skype for WP7 running without updates than to kill it off entirely... Especially when they are still supporting it on extremely old versions of Android.

It reinforces the perception that MS cares more for Android and iOS users than they do Windows Phone users.

That perception caused me to dump the platform and I doubt I'll ever go back to it unless this changes.

Obviously, WP7 already reached end of support and most of those users on contract can upgrade anyway.

It's better this way since Skype can't be held back by supporting older platforms with their new architecture and if they want to compete with WhatsApp. So this will allow them to move faster.

Kudos!

There is no real reason for anyone to still be on any WP7 device, it was a dead platform long long ago
WindowsPhone 8.0-8.1-8.1 Update and Update 1
should be grand for a good while :)

with that I also welcome the death of IE6 and IE8, I had wished they would Axe IE9 support was well ;P I guess that's coming

What?!? That's absolutely preposterous. I'm a developer, and there's not a single technical reason to do this (even if they update the platform or protocol, there's always a way of adding a compatibility layer for old clients), other than pushing people to buy a new WP8 device. It's so funny when you see the latest usage numbers, almost half of all Windows Phone users are on WP7 (and they can't upgrade to WP8). So pathetic, they aren't caring about the people who buy Microsoft products in the first place.

There are WP7 devices that aren't even two years old yet, and some of those phones (the Nokia ones especially) have plenty of life left in them for users that don't care about having the latest and greatest.

When I tried out the Windows Phone platform I bought the Lumia 900, a flagship device that's 2 years old now. A complete cut off from support from an app is embarrassing.

Actually that's not true. Standing to AdDuplex in July WP7 users were a bit more than Windows Phone 8.1 users, which basically were only Lumia 630/930 users and Developer Preview users.
Most WP7 users are also owners of Lumia 610/510, which couldn't download Skype anyway cause of the 256 MB RAM limit.

I hate that Skype is supported on older Android versions but they discontinued their WP7 programe. I guess its time to move on. As users wrote above, embarrassing.
I would have expected this from Google but .. Microsoft?

Decebalvs Rex said,
I hate that Skype is supported on older Android versions but they discontinued their WP7 programe. I guess its time to move on. As users wrote above, embarrassing.
I would have expected this from Google but .. Microsoft?

Google are actually good at supporting old versions of Android. Most Google Apps and Services work on Android 2.3 released back in 2011. Its OEMs such as HTC and Samsung that can't be bothered updating devices older than a year.

Enron said,
For the low price of $39, you can get a Lumia 520 and have Skype again.
Depends on where you live. The 520 costs $150 to $200 in New Zealand.

Enron said,
For the low price of $39, you can get a Lumia 520 and have Skype again.

If you're scrapping by along the bottom tier of the Smartphone market. It seems going Android would make things more stable for you. As frequent upgrades may not be very affordable for you and Microsoft (and others) support older versions of Android for many years.

LogicalApex said,

If you're scrapping by along the bottom tier of the Smartphone market. It seems going Android would make things more stable for you. As frequent upgrades may not be very affordable for you and Microsoft (and others) support older versions of Android for many years.

Naw, my $39 Lumia 520 got upgraded to 8.1 just fine. A $39 Android isn't even going to be running the latest version.

Enron said,

Naw, my $39 Lumia 520 got upgraded to 8.1 just fine. A $39 Android isn't even going to be running the latest version.

Except the older version of Android is becoming less and less of an issue for Android users. Google has pushed tons of its apps and updates to the Play Store that are accessible to older Android devices.

Microsoft have put themselves in a very ugly place. All of the competing platforms are supporting devices well over 3 years old and Microsoft is failing to match the competition.

LogicalApex said,

Microsoft have put themselves in a very ugly place. All of the competing platforms are supporting devices well over 3 years old and Microsoft is failing to match the competition.

All of the 30 people still using WP7. I know that's an exaggeration, but there can't be very many. Yes it sucks that they aren't getting supported anymore and yes it sucks that they put WP7 out knowing there was no upgrade path, but it's time to move on.