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Microsoft drops Skype support for Windows Phone 8 / 8.1 (Oct 2016)

Bad news for those with a Windows Phone 8 / 8.1 running device and planning to use Skype in future. Come October 2016, Skype will no longer support windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1. Microsoft has made it clear in a blog post and a related support article. What is though surprising (or not) is Android 4.03 and iOS 8.0 will still be supported.

According to the ADduplex June 2016 report, Windows Phone 8 / 8.1 still accounts for 86% of all Windows Phone smartphones and Windows 10 Mobile has only 10.9% share.

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Here is what the Blog post reads,

These decisions are hard to make, but they are necessary as Skype moves forward so we can deliver new experiences on devices that have the capability to support them. As such, we will begin to implement these changes over the coming months. You can check our support site to find out which devices and operating systems Skype will support in the future, but as an example we will continue to support Windows 7, 8, XP and Vista, Yosemite on Mac, iOS 8 and Android 4.03 operating systems.

We encourage everyone impacted to upgrade to continue using Skype and benefit from new features and improved capabilities.

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