Skype drops Windows Mobile and Skype Lite from its offerings

Skype drops Windows Mobile and Skype Lite from its offerings

Summary: Skype recently pulled its Windows Mobile and Skype Lite versions from its website because it wants to offer its new customers an improved mobile experience. Even though the Windows Mobile version didn't have the most beautiful UI, it got the job done.

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I've been using Skype since its inception, and as a result have always installed it on whatever mobile device I have available. For this reason I was shocked to learn that Skype was pulling support for Windows Mobile. According to the company's FAQ, the company has chosen to withdraw Skype Lite and Skype for Windows Mobile because it wants 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."

Skype goes on to say that the company's focus is on providing a rich user experience that allows you to use Skype as easily "on the move as you do at your desktop."

If you already have Skype for Windows Mobile or Skype Lite installed it should work throughout 2010 (no word on what will happen after that), but as of this writing you can no longer download either solution.

If you look at the company's statement about providing an improved mobile experience, I couldn't agree more. However, I found nothing wrong with the Windows Mobile version. Sure, it wasn't as fancy as the iPhone one, but it worked well enough. For example, I had an IM session via Skype not too long ago on a Samsung BlackJack II, and at one point I escalated that IM session to a Skype call while also reading an e-mail and even launching a PDF. It wasn't the most beautiful UI, but it got the job done, and did it well.

I'm sure they'll make one for Windows Mobile 7 Series, since that's going to provide a nicer UI, but Skype is now making a decision to completely alienate users of older Windows Mobile devices. I don't think that's the best business decision.

Have you used Skype on Windows Mobile or Skype Lite? Do you want to see Skype offer it again? If so, comment below. Perhaps if enough people band together on this one and ask Skype to still offer the Windows Mobile version but just not support it, the company will re-instate it.

Topics: Hardware, Collaboration, Mobile OS, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Wi-Fi, Windows, Social Enterprise

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With more than 15 years of mobile, Internet and wireless experience, Joel specializes in taking existing brands and technologies into the mobile and wireless space. Joel is currently the VP of Strategy Integration for Mobiquity, an enterprise-class mobile solutions provider.

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  • Third-party apps

    Does that mean even third party apps like Fring
    will not be able to connect to Skype?
    ganeshprasad.r@...
  • RE: Skype drops Windows Mobile and Skype Lite from its offerings

    Yes, I have used it a few times in Italy, and it generally worked well enough for me. Even if they just keep the current version, I'd download it to newer phones.

    But maybe they've been doing too much putting out of fires?

    http://jkontherun.com/2010/02/25/skype-windows-mobile/
    kevinsneel
  • Now they're down to 10 apps

    so much for the future of WinBlobile!
    Ron Bergundy
    • 10 apps?

      I have always been able to find the applications I've needed for Win Mobile. There are even some, like WMWifiRouter, that aren't available on some newer platforms. There's no app for that!
      dxhunter@...
    • Your way is a short way.....

      Why can't people like you be unbiased...people have the right to choose and should be respected for their choice. Idiots like you (any hardcore fan of anything) make me puke.
      Nsaf
    • @Linux All The Way

      Why is it only a few of you Linux people can do nothing more than post sheer idiocy? Go visit handango.com and count the number of WM apps... and that is only ONE source of WM apps.
      athynz
    • Only 10 apps? Looks like you need help counting, but don't worry

      there's a Win Mobile app for that! :)
      John Zern
  • RE: Skype drops Windows Mobile and Skype Lite from its offerings

    Version 3.0 is still available on ZDNET.
    flannery
  • RE: Skype drops Windows Mobile and Skype Lite from its offerings

    alienation... now that's a rich experience!
    rhall621
  • Skype for WM is working fine, don't drop it!

    I too don't understand why would Skype do such thing, the
    app is working really great. In fact I hoped that they
    were developing it to support video calls, but I can live
    without them, if they don't develop it then they should
    at least leave it available as is.
    tomato85
  • Microsoft would do well to acquire the service

    If I'm not mistaken, eBay was looking to unload the service into a whole separate company via a stock offering.

    Microsoft would do well to acquire and improve the service. With WindowsPhone 7 coming up, Skype would be an ideal app for the new mobile OS. And, Skype through MS would give the giant a good competitor to YouTube.
    adornoe
    • M$ caused this when they started phasing out win. mobile and CE. if M$ buy

      Skype, i won't use it any more.
      i like the tech. and was into voip before there was a skype.
      so i'm sure i'd be able to find an offering unencumbered by M$ if i had to.

      :)
      .
      wessonjoe
      • You would be in the microscopic minority

        Since most people use Microsoft and most people are not into discussions about Microsoft versus Google/Apple/IBM/Linux/anyOtherCompany/anyOtherProduct, they wouldn't care in the least who is behind the product or service being offered as long as the service/product performs well and at reasonable prices.

        Techies or people who engage in discussions in tech sites tend to forget that the vast majority of people are not into the technical details and that they're also not into the politics of one company versus another or one product versus another. Most people just care about getting value and service.
        adornoe
      • $uper! $o then don't u$e $kype, we$$onjoe!

        I did spell that right, didn't I?
        John Zern
  • Skype Is Cutting Off Their IM To Spite Their VOIP

    This is another blow to the Windows Mobile platform
    and yet another reason to stay away from long
    contracts or contracts of any kind. I currently use a
    Windows Mobile 6.1 HTC Mogul from Alltel and have
    grown to HATE it as a platform. This latest
    development is a final nail in the coffin. I am
    currently on eBay, looking at what I can sell my Mogul
    for and looking for and hoping it's enough to make
    canceling my Alltel contract less onerous. I'm
    seriously thinking about going backwards to a
    voice/txt only phone with Metro PCS, until 4G Android
    phones become available and the price for service
    drops do to the resulting competition.
    John Westra
    • I have the Omnia 2, WM 6.5

      and thinks it one of the best phones I've owned. It works finet as a platform, no issues.

      Is there anyway to upgrade the HTC Mogul to WM 6.5?
      John Zern
      • Omnia II

        I also have the Omnia II and love it. I had not yet gotten around to installing Skype on it. Now I guess I won't ever.
        deb@...
      • Download here

        Actually, it appears you CAN still download Skype for Windows Mobile, here:
        http://www.skype.com/intl/en/download/skype/windowsmobile/
        deb@...
  • And so it begins...

    Is the Windows Mobile app market shrinking? Microsoft said last
    year there were 10,000 apps for the platform. Are there now
    9,999?
    rynning
  • RE: Skype drops Windows Mobile and Skype Lite from its offerings

    That is really bad just boght a HTC Touch pro 2 and use Skype all the time. It works perfect and I do not see the issue they have to drop this. If everyone now forced to have an IPhone?
    info@...