Long ago in May 2011, Microsoft had purchased Skype for $8.5 billion. Now, it is clear that the Microsoft generates more revenue from its Android patents than selling Windows phone handsets. And maybe that’s exactly why the company went on to say last month that it will no longer support Skype on Windows Phone 8, 8.1 and in the Android versions 4.0.3 and below.
80% of the Windows Smartphone users will bid goodbye to the app in early 2017, when Skype is no longer available for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 users. Microsoft made the announcement on Friday. It doesn’t mean that Windows Smartphone users will not have access to Skype from today. The unavailability of the app will begin from early 2017.
The Windows Smartphones aren’t making any progress in the market and Microsoft doesn’t have any reason to spend money, energy and time on Skype for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. However, there is a new Skype Preview for Windows in the latest Windows 10 Mobile. If you are interested, click on the link and you can make video calls and group video calls up to 25 people.
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