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Microsoft is dropping its Skype app for TV

by Killian Bell | March 9, 2016March 9, 2016 4:08 am PST


Microsoft has confirmed plans to kill its Skype application for TV later this year. While the company defends the app’s “great calling experience,” it explains it is dropping it to focus its efforts in other areas.

Skype has been available on a wide range of TVs from Samsung, Sony, Sharp, LG, Panasonic, and others in recent years. But most Skype users choose to do their video calling on mobile devices instead, Microsoft says.

So, to improve the experience and add new functionality to those mobile apps, Microsoft is dropping Skype for TVs to free up the resources.

“We want to make sure we prioritize delivering the best possible experience to the platforms our users are asking for, which is why we’ve decided to focus our efforts in other areas while supporting key functionality on Skype for TV for as long as possible,” reads the announcement.

Microsoft will end support for Skype on TVs this June, after which there will be no updates. Some TV manufacturers may choose not to pull the app from their sets with a software update, so you may be able to use it for a little longer, but it will eventually stop working.

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Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...