Microsoft is among the leading names when it comes to the world of smartphone technology. The company has been innovating many aspects of the markets as we know them to be. They have been bringing many changes over the years. Microsoft is now working on updating the Windows 10 OS and the Windows 10 Mobile OS devices. With the recent Anniversary Update, things look better for the systems. However, an even bigger change might soon be coming for the older Windows Phone users. Microsoft might be looking forward towards ending Skype support in the months to follow.

Microsoft had already announced it earlier for the Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones. In the past, it was said that the company is just pulling away the support, but the app would still continue to work with some limitations. However, that has now been updated, and the company now says: “While support will no longer be available from October 2016, the Skype app on Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 will continue to work (possibly with some limitations) until early 2017, when we finish moving Skype calling to the cloud.”

Microsoft will also be dropping the support for Skype for Android 4.0.2 and lesser versions. The change is however, necessary as Microsoft now looks towards the future. The company has envisioned a whole new architecture in the days to follow. The VoIP services have been improving with every passing day.

With features such as Skype Translator and bots coming out, Microsoft understands the future of Skype is quite different from what we now see it to be. Hence, the company will soon be ending support for the older devices which cannot support these new, gen-next features. This might hurt Microsoft in terms of user dissatisfaction, but what has to be done has to be done. Change is inevitable.