On July 1, Skype, an instant video chat, and messaging app is dropping off support for a variety of platforms. The company is trying to get users off of older versions of Skype. It will be retiring a host of older platforms and has sent out messages to users notifying them. Many Skype apps and platforms (including SkypeKit-powered phones) are losing Skype support on July 1.
Source: Deccan Chronicle
Real Reason Behind This
According to the Tech Crunch, a Microsoft spokesperson said: “Because we want everyone to experience the best Skype has to offer, it’s sometimes necessary to retire older versions of Skype, and Skype-enabled devices. Unsupported Skype-enabled devices and platforms may experience problems with calls and chats, lost or dropped calls and instant messages, or could stop working completely.”
It is basically a part of the effort to get people to use new Skype more.
The List of Operating Systems that will Lose Support or Get Affected:
- Android 4.0.2 and lower
- BlackBerry OS 7.1 and lower
- iOS 7 and lower
- Linux (Linux users must upgrade to Skype for Linux Beta)
- Mac OS X 10.8 and lower
- Symbian OS
- Skype mobile for Verizon
- Skype on 3
- Skype on Telkomsel
- Skype on TV
- Skype phones: All Skype phones
- Windows 10 task-based app
- Windows Phone 8.1 and lower
- Windows RT
Skype launched its own mobile phone under the brand name 3 Skypephone on 29 October 2007. It may still be available to purchase through third-party retailers, but are no longer supported.