Skype for Windows Phone 7 not to see any further development

skypePosting on their blog, Skype announced that they will not be developing the Windows Phone 7 version of their app any further, but will in fact be concentrating on Windows Phone 8 development.

They wrote:

Earlier this year we outlined Skype’s Mobile Future, where our work on Windows Phone has been leading the way in a number of key areas. Skype for Windows Phone was the first Skype mobile app to have HD Video Calling, the new Modern user interface and be always on and power efficient. The Windows Phone 8 platform is gaining good momentum in the marketplace and at Skype the vast majority of our Windows Phone base and usage is on Windows Phone 8.

Just recently we released Video Messaging for our Windows Phone 8 app, enabling you to record and share messages, even when friends and loved ones are not available for a call. 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. 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.

While Windows Phone 8 is likely the majority of the market, there are still many millions of Windows Phone 7 users, making the decision unfortunate.  On the other hand the current app will continue to remain available, and Windows Phone 8 APIs allow features which are just not possible on Windows Phone 7.

Do our readers think this is a reasonable decision, or should Skype, which after all belongs to Microsoft, be going out of their way to support all their Microsoft mobile customers? Let us know below.

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