WINDOWS PHONE has lost yet another big-name app, and this one has been yanked by Microsoft itself.
As reported at MSPowerUser, Microsoft's own Skype app is no longer supported on Windows RT, Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1.
While Microsoft lists that the app continues to work on Windows 10 Mobile, the report notes that this isn't actually the case, as Skype only supports Windows 10 Mobile 1607, or the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which just 14 per cent of Microsoft mobile users are using.
While the app will continue to function for now, this move means you'll no longer find Skype in the Windows Store. However, MSPowerUser reports that it can be downloaded via a direct link, if you're that bothered.
Microsoft warned that the cull was coming back in August as moves toward the cloud-based WebRTC format
Microsoft explained: "Our commitment to deliver the best possible cross-platform experiences requires that we continually assess when it’s time to increase our focus on the platforms of the future. Sometimes this means that we must end support for some devices and operating systems."
It's also worth noting that Skype will now also cease to work on Android versions below 4.0.2 and iOS 6 and below. Oddly, Microsoft has decided to continue support for Windows Vista Desktop.
While as yet unconfirmed, the report predicts that Cortana Beta and Xbox Music apps could also be inaccessible in the future should developers abandon support for older Windows devices.
Microsoft's decision to axe Skype for older Windows Phone devices unlikely is going to upset too many. The last we heard, back in August, Windows Phone's slide into irrelevancy is almost complete as it slumped from 2.5 per cent of the market in Q2 2015 to 0.6 in 2016, with just 1.9 million phones sold. µ
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