Skype cancels development of Windows Mobile client

If you are currently unaware, Skype is an extremely popular VoIP service that allows people to make cheap (or even free) international phone calls, with even the ability to use video chat. It has millions upon millions of members, which means that being able to use the Skype client on your mobile phone is a big deal. Unfortunately, for Windows Mobile users, this big deal is no longer a reality – Skype has canceled development of their WM client, and removed almost all related files from their website, as reported by WMPowerUser.

The official reasoning from Skype is that the Windows Mobile version of their client simply doesn't live up to the quality of their iPhone and Symbian apps, thus they have decided to discontinue development of the software. Skype noted that it wants to provide as best an experience it can, and Windows Mobile currently doesn't live up to that expectation – of course, they will no doubt have a client for Windows Phone 7 in the works, but then, this leaves the whole situation rather confusing. There's no reason for them to remove the current application because a new version is most likely on the way, and a lot of people are happy with the way the current Skype application is on Windows Mobile. Why, then, would they remove it on the claims of having a less-than-ideal interface? Your guess is as good as ours, though only Skype knows for sure.

If you've already installed the Windows Mobile version of Skype or Skype Lite, you can use it all throughout this year, though if you're a new customer, you're out of luck... unless of course you peruse the international page for the application, which oddly enough, still has it ready for download (though this will probably be fixed soon enough). Hopefully Windows Mobile users will be able to use Skype once more very soon, but stay wary as the company gave no hints at any new version in development.

 

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Anyone struggling to get it, I've downloaded it and thrown it up in my Rapidshare Account

http://rapidshare.com/files/356286900/SkypeMobile.exe

I personal think Skype is in trouble, with the whole P2P backend thing and moving owners. I would like to see some 'Skype Alternatives', maybe something for Neowin to look at. I often google some but they never really look as good. What about it?

"The official reasoning from Skype is that the Windows Mobile version of their client simply doesn't live up to the quality of their iPhone and Symbian apps,"

-- Quality of their iPhone app? Where the hell is the update to use Skype over 3G? Apple/AT&T removed this restriction MONTHS ago!

It might demostrate one of three things...
1. They're having financial problems, and they're cutting expenses as much as they can.
2. They're working on a new version for WM7, or they're going to port iPhone's client to WM6.5 and/or WM7.
3. They have just stop support for WM because nobody uses it.

thealexweb said,

Nope far from it, if it has been removed from the android market it would be very weird.


It has been.

thealexweb said,
Could be seen as rats leaving a sinking ship.

This has nothing to do with the OS, Skype is looking to make deals with carriers, users get to use their app if they sign up for more expensive data plans, simple. It's got nothing to do with support and a poor app, they're out to make some money.

thealexweb said,

Nope far from it, if it has been removed from the android market it would be very weird.

Why would you even want to use the official Android Skype app? It's entirely pointless as it didn't allow you to be signed in unless the app was running. If I wanted that kind of restriction I'd use an iPhone and be an Apple monkey.

:: Lyon :: said,
and let me guess... they're going for iPhone users? :(

They're going for deals with carriers to sell you bigger data plans. Or else the carriers can just go ahead and block skype in the end if they see it's hurting their bottom line.

Skype took the proactive route and is looking to sign some deals before it totally gets booted off.

I am finding out as a Windows Mobile clients were are becoming more and more S**T OUTTA LUCK for applications and prgrams. We receive the short end of the stick for Facebook mobile and Windows Live Mobile Application is full of bugs and doesn't sync well. Skpe just adds the icing to the cake of mobile troubles for Microsoft. Microsoft is not being showed any love at all for Windows Mobile. And Microsoft is not showing us any love either by coming out with Windows Mobile 7 and not allowing current users to upgrade our OS without buying a new phone. I purchased my AT&T Tilt 2 phone in December of 2009, and in order for me to get Windows Mobile 7...I will have to purchase a new phone. HELL NO! This is my last one.

JSYOUNG571 said,
I am finding out as a Windows Mobile clients were are becoming more and more S**T OUTTA LUCK for applications and prgrams. We receive the short end of the stick for Facebook mobile and Windows Live Mobile Application is full of bugs and doesn't sync well. Skpe just adds the icing to the cake of mobile troubles for Microsoft. Microsoft is not being showed any love at all for Windows Mobile. And Microsoft is not showing us any love either by coming out with Windows Mobile 7 and not allowing current users to upgrade our OS without buying a new phone. I purchased my AT&T Tilt 2 phone in December of 2009, and in order for me to get Windows Mobile 7...I will have to purchase a new phone. HELL NO! This is my last one.

Windows Mobile & Windows Phone 7 are two totally different OS's. WP7 isn't just an updated version of Windows Mobile. That's why MS isn't allowing upgrades. It's a good move. Windows Phone 7 would probably be very slow and lag on current hardware.

Edited by Brent1700, Feb 26 2010, 4:57am :

JSYOUNG571 said,
I am finding out as a Windows Mobile clients were are becoming more and more S**T OUTTA LUCK for applications and prgrams. We receive the short end of the stick for Facebook mobile and Windows Live Mobile Application is full of bugs and doesn't sync well. Skpe just adds the icing to the cake of mobile troubles for Microsoft. Microsoft is not being showed any love at all for Windows Mobile. And Microsoft is not showing us any love either by coming out with Windows Mobile 7 and not allowing current users to upgrade our OS without buying a new phone. I purchased my AT&T Tilt 2 phone in December of 2009, and in order for me to get Windows Mobile 7...I will have to purchase a new phone. HELL NO! This is my last one.

Who said they won't allow you to upgrade? Today Microsoft said that it was entirely up to the hardware manufacturer to decide whether or not they will want to provide you an update.

http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/25/microsoft-windows-phone-7-upgrades-will-be-possible-up-to-oems/