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.

Source: Skype

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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 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.

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. :)

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

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.

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

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