Skype discussed its transition from a peer-to-peer (P2P) service to a cloud-based service on Wednesday. In a note to the community, Microsoft urged Skype users to make sure that they’re using the latest version of the software in order to take advantage of some of the improvements to file sharing, video messaging, Skype Bots and other features that rely on its new cloud-based infrastructure. By updating, users can avoid bugs such as “messaging not syncing across devices or delayed notifications.”
Microsoft said that, unfortunately, some of these changes mean that it will need to drop support for older operating systems.
“Our commitment to deliver the best possible cross-platform experiences requires that we continually assess when it’s time to increase our focus on the platforms of the future,” Microsoft explained. “Sometimes this means that we must end support for some devices and operating systems.” That includes Windows Phone 8 users, The Verge noted, though Microsoft is of course supporting Windows 10 Mobile with its new changes. Folks who still run anything older than Android 4.03 and iOS 8 will be left out in the cold for future updates.
“These decisions are hard to make, but they are necessary as Skype moves forward so we can deliver new experiences on devices that have the capability to support them,” Microsoft said, noting that the complete transition to the cloud is ongoing.