Skype to Cease Windows Phone 7 Development
Skype today announced in a blog post that it will no longer develop updates for its Windows Phone 7 application. The WP7 app will remain available for download, but Skype does not plan to support it any longer through bug fixes or improvements. Skype says this is a necessary step so that it can better manage its resources. According to Skype, the vast majority of its mobile app users have already adopted Windows Phone 8.
Skype for Android Adds Media Bar
Skype today pushed out a small update to its Android app that puts a media bar in the message composition tool. This way, explains Skype, users can more easily insert media such as photos or video into their conversations.
Skype for iOS Gains Siri Support
Microsoft today released a new version of Skype for iOS 10 devices that includes support for Siri. Skype users can now initiate Skype calls by asking Siri to connect them.
Skype Refreshes iPhone and iPad Apps for iOS 9
Skype has released updates to its iPhone and iPad mobile applications, adding support for iOS 9 to each. Both apps gain the ability to reply to Skype messages from the lock screen notification.
Microsoft Releases Skype for Business App on Windows Phone
Microsoft today replaced its Lync 2013 corporate messaging app with Skype for Business for Windows Phone. The app has a refreshed user interface for messaging, more emoticons, and improved interactions with the server.
Skype to Drop Support for Older Windows Phone Versions
Microsoft today said its Skype service will no longer be updated for Windows Phone 7 - 8.1 and older versions of Android and iOS. The company said it wants to "focus on the platforms of the future" which means it "must end support for some devices and operating systems." Skype will continue to support Windows 10 for Mobile, Windows 7, 8, XP, and Vista, Yosemite on Mac, iOS 8, and Android 4.03.