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Skype Reverses Decision To Drop OS X 10.5 Support, Retires Windows Phone 7 App 99

Posted by timothy
from the nobody-worth-spying-on-with-windows-7-it-seems dept.
An anonymous reader writes Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard users recently found that Skype no longer works on their system: despite upgrading to the latest version they still can't sign in. We got in touch with the Microsoft-owned company and after two days, we got confirmation that a solution was in the works. "We have a Skype version for Mac OS X 10.5 users which will soon be available for download," a Skype spokesperson told TNW. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Windows Phone 7. In a support page titled "Is Skype for Windows Phone 7 being discontinued?," the Microsoft-owned company answers the question with a "yes" and elaborates that it is "permanently retiring all Skype apps for Windows Phone 7." Again, this isn't just old versions going away, or support being removed, but the apps themselves have disappeared.
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Skype Reverses Decision To Drop OS X 10.5 Support, Retires Windows Phone 7 App

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  • I'm sure somebody at Microsoft is annoyed at this, but the Skype devs are probably relieved to stop supporting it. It's easy to forget that WP7 was essentially a 1.0 product. It was a restart from Windows Mobile 6.5, and very limited versus concurrent Android and iOS. With WP8 and 8.1 they've been getting up to speed nicely. I still want to see better third party Bluetooth support for devs, though.
    • by whoever57 (658626)
      Yes, it was limited. So much so that Skype could not receive incoming calls on WP7 unless the app was open (and not in the background). This was a WP7 limitation.
      • by Rockoon (1252108)

        So much so that Skype could not receive incoming calls on WP7 unless the app was open (and not in the background).

        Sounds like a feature.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    For me to bite the bullet and get an android phone.
    No way am I going to get a windows phone again and risk it going out of support within a year or two.

    • For me to bite the bullet and get an android phone. No way am I going to get a windows phone again and risk it going out of support within a year or two.

      Yeah, I definitely believe that this AC uses an old WP7 phone. They just exude credibility, and there's nothing fake or phony about their outrage whatsoever. Given that you can pick up an Android off Ebay for peanuts that will run circles around an old WP7 device and support a lot more apps to boot...

      • I am that AC, and I do use an old windows 7 phone. I don't use e-bay and I'm not interested in using a second hand phone with who knows what done to it. I've simply been putting off buying a new phone since it still did what I needed and I just haven't decided on what new phone to get.
    • by cbhacking (979169)

      WP7 came out almost three years ago. Good luck finding an Android phone supported for anywhere *near* that long! Most Android phones don't receive updates for even a full year. In fact, some of them ship with outdated OS versions and never even receive an update to the version that was current at their release (never mind the version that is current when they leave support). That means that apps targeting the latest APIs are very frequently unavailable.

      True, the highest-end (things like the Galaxy S5) and b

      • by 0123456 (636235)

        WP7 came out almost three years ago. Good luck finding an Android phone supported for anywhere *near* that long!

        Skype claims to run on Android 2.3, released at the end of 2010. Hey, look, that's within a month or two of WP7's release.

        • by johanw (1001493)

          Remember this. When windows phone 9 comes out, Skype will probably quickly stop working on the old wp 8 phones.

        • by Khyber (864651)

          Skype does run on 2.3. It's running on my shit-locked MetroPCS ZTE Score.

  • So with this latest announcement, Microsoft is saying they'll support Windows more and Mac less. What a strange world.

  • FYI it's me that has that Win 7 phone.
  • I would hate to have to upgrade my system just to use Skype.
  • I don't think any software vendor should be required to support software forever, but there is a difference between withdrawing support and disabling a product without ample prior warning. They blew the rollout, but it looks like they're going to make amends, at least for the Leopard crowd. Hopefully, they'll learn a thing or two about the value of good corporate communication as well.
  • I'm sure the mac crowd is happy too.
  • by Chas (5144) on Friday August 08, 2014 @03:45PM (#47632721) Homepage Journal

    Is there a reason it can't work on this platform?
    Yes.
    What's the reason?
    We don't want it to.
    Is there a TECHNICAL reason that it can't work on this platform?
    Yes.
    What's the reason.
    Technically, we don't want it to.
    Is there any reason, BESIDES your not wanting it to, that it can't work on these platform?
    Yes.
    What's the reason?
    Because if we don't want it to, remove the apps, and strip out support, it simply can't!

    • Take it from someone who had a WP7 phone for three years, and now has a WP8 phone: Skype never worked right on WP7 in the first place. It really shouldn't have been there to start with, but Microsoft couldn't have one of their most popular apps be a no-show on their mobile OS, so they put out a crippled mess that only served to piss off their users.

      On WP8, Skype works just as it should, because WP8 is a completely different OS under the hood and can run the background processes necessary for it to function.

  • I am surprised the Skype app on my Nokia N900 continues to work after all this time (and after the phone has long been discontinued by Nokia)

    • They will, e-mail received yesterday about my 808: "Skype apps for Symbian are permanently retiring We've noticed that you are, or previously were, signed into Skype on a Symbian phone, and we're sorry to inform you that we are now permanently retiring all Skype apps for Symbian phones. As a result, within the next few weeks, you'll no longer be able to sign in and use Skype on any Symbian phone. You can still stay in touch with friends and family using Skype on an Android device, Nokia Lumia phone or de
  • More importantly, why is Skype *still* unable to support IPv6 addressing? Any device with IPv6 only can't run Skype, and no amount of NAT can fix it. Phone carriers fix it by giving IPv6 to the phone, and IPv4 to Skype that's natted within the phone to the IPv6, but that's impossible for people trying to run Skype on a desktop.

    Microsoft is obviously done extracting the "value" of Skype for Lync. So why not just sell it off and let someone else support it? Or just close it now. Why force it into a pain
  • I wonder if this is related to the Metro version of Skype being difficult to perform surveillance on.

    http://it.slashdot.org/story/1... [slashdot.org]

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