Skype Dumps Skype for Windows and Skype Lite

Ainsley Jones

Windows Mobile smartphone users who would like to use Skype are in for a bit of a letdown. According to Skype, Skype Lite and Skype for Windows are no longer available. Smartphone users who have already downloaded the apps can continue to use them through 2010, says Unwired View.

 

The Skype FAQ page on Skype for Windows Mobile offers the following:

We've chosen to withdraw Skype Lite and Skype for Windows Mobile because we want to offer our new customers an improved mobile experience-much like the version that has proved so popular on the iPhone, and which is now available on Symbian phones. Our focus is on providing a rich user experience that allows you to enjoy free Skype-to-Skype and low cost calls as easily on the move as you do at your desktop. We felt that Skype Lite and Skype for Windows Mobile were not offering the best possible Skype experience.

Kevin C. Tofel at jkOnTheRun suggests Skype may have simply tired of being the scapegoat for a performance issue that was out of its control. He believes Skype may have decided to cut its losses and shift its focus to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Series client.



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