Well. In what can only be described as a “sudden” decision, Skype for Windows Phone 7 is about to be turned off.
Microsoft, who own Skype and have probably already annoyed the healthy percentage of Windows Phone customers still using version 7 enough already (complete lack of upgrade anyone?), are to “retire” the product for those still on the OS.
A rather hilarious update has been posted to update customers, and it states that..
So everyone can benefit from the latest improvements….
… And by “everyone” they actually mean, “anyone not using Windows Phone 7 or Symbian, because we killed that too”…
We sometimes retire older versions of Skype across all platforms, including mobile devices. For that reason, we are permanently retiring all Skype apps for Windows Phone 7.
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. You will still be able to use Skype on a variety of mobile platforms, including Windows Phone 8 or 8.1, but unfortunately, Skype will no longer be available in any form on Windows Phone 7
Basically, what they’re trying to say there is, “Although we’re hardly giving you any notice of this it’s basically tough, get a new phone”.