With friends like this, who needs enemies.
Microsoft’s Skype has been clearing house a bit, and has recently announced that they will be dropping support for Windows Phone 7, Symbian and old versions of OSX.
Despite a sizable number of Windows Phone users (estimated by us to be 10 million) are still on Windows Phone 7.x, the decision is somewhat understandable if it is to improve the service for their more than 300 million users.
It seems however there was a demographic – Mac OSX 10.5 users (an OS from 2007 which Apple stopped supporting in 2011) which Skype thought was precious enough not to simply dump.
The Next Web reports that Microsoft will be releasing a special version of Skype just for them, with Microsoft writing:
“We have a Skype version for Mac OS X 10.5 users which will soon be available for download,” a Skype spokesperson told TNW.
According to Netmarketshare OSX 10.5 owners are less than 7% of Mac OSX users, or less than 5 million users.
For Microsoft to make special concessions for them while unceremoniously dumping 10 million Windows Phone users is a slap in the face by Microsoft for the whole Windows community, and it seems increasingly you can get better service from everyone, including Microsoft, if you move to a platform not owned by them.