November 28, 2014

Will Skype Still Work On Your Operating System?

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Here’s another reason you may need to switch to a new operating system.

More major changes are coming to Skype in the coming few months. In the end, users of older versions of the video conferencing app will likely be forced into newer versions. And people using one relatively new mobile operating system may have to get new devices if they’re going to continue using Skype.

In the end its forcing users including small businesses to ask will Skype still work on many older operating systems now that a newer version is here.

Skype announced recently that it was retiring its version for the Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system. If your tablet or smartphone runs Windows Phone 7, you either can’t or soon won’t be able to use Skype. If you want to continue using Skype on a smartphone, you’ll have to get a new phone, one running Windows Phone 8 or 8.1.

Skype made the announcement to customers in a recent post on its official support page saying:

“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.”

If you use and pay for Skype subscription services – such as a phone number to accept incoming calls – you may want to consider canceling prior to another billing period starting. That’s especially true if you don’t update to a Windows Phone 8 device.

It’s only one of several recent major developments with Skype that affect end-users directly.

Back in June, Skype warned users it was retiring older versions of the app. In an official post on the Skype Garage and Updates blog Product Marketing Manager Tom Huang explained:

“As we look ahead to the future, we‘re focusing our efforts on bringing the latest and greatest to the most recent versions of Skype. As a result, we are going to retire older versions of Skype for Windows desktop (6.13 and below) as well as Skype for Mac (6.14 and below) over the next few months.”

But the problems don’t stop there. In another issue Skype recently said it is working on a fix for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard users who apparently can’t use the newer version of Skype on their operating system, The Next Web reports.

Certainly OS X 10.5 Leopard is an older operating system and is no longer even supported by Apple.

But small business owners sometimes use older systems and may resist technology upgrades due to budget considerations.

As Skype points out, the newer version of the software certainly has its pluses including:

  • instant messaging to offline clients
  • ability to view consistent chat histories across multiple devices
  • ability to sync read and unread messages across multiple devices.

In the end difficulty using a valuable tool like Skype may be another reason to rethink that systems upgrade.

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Joshua Sophy - Staff Writer


Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is a staff writer for Small Business Trends, covering technology and business news. He is a journalist and editor with 15 years experience in media. A former newspaper reporter and editor, Joshua also serves as President of the Board of Directors of a curling club and is editor of a regional newsletter focused on the sport of curling in the Eastern U.S.

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  1. “If you want to continue using Skype on a smartphone, you’ll have to get a new phone, one running Windows Phone 8 or 8.1.”

    – Wouldn’t getting a new smartphone incur an expense? Or would that be covered under the phone contract someone’s signed under?

  2. Changing your MacOSX 1.5.8 (Leopard) is one thing; changing my computers to a 64 bit architecture (thanks apple… you done it again) is another. Its been a long time and a good bit of cashflow that will not continue. To be sure I will leave the Mac behind (running OS 7, 9, 10.4 and 10.5) iPod was great but Android .. here I come. May MS and Apple choke on it. I already have. Not so bad keeping the traffic down either. Bye.

  3. This is a sad testament to greed! Taking Skype away from people is a digital sin!
    Microsoft, with this action, becomes the “new Google.” Trying to force people to
    buy new sofyware and hardware, forcing them to the cloud.

    Back in the late 1990s I had a Wndows95 PC that was able to stream video and do
    many great things WITHOUT BLOATED SOFTWARE. We need to find people=friendly
    hackers who can develop workarounds or alternatives. We need them now!

  4. Is there a posibility that skype will be back in window phone? My phone is new and very impractical to buy new one. I really need skype.

  5. Skype will work on Windows (Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7), Mac, Linux, Mobile platforms (android, apple, iPhone, PSP).

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