Skype scraps Windows Phone 7 app development


Skype will halt ongoing development of its over-the-top messaging application for parent company Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) legacy Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system.

"As we look ahead to the future, we are focusing all our efforts to bring great experiences and improved performance to Windows Phone 8, building on the capabilities of the platform," explained Skype Product Marketing Manager Lara Kingwell. "As a result we are not planning to release further updates to Skype for Windows Phone 7. However the Windows Phone 7 app will remain available to download in the Windows Phone Store, so users can still keep using the core Skype experiences, such as Chat, Voice and Video Calls."

Skype updated its Windows Phone 8 application earlier this month, adding support for free, unlimited video messaging. The app supports both Wi-Fi and 3G. "The vast majority of our Windows Phone base and usage is on Windows Phone 8," Kingwell said. Blog