March 9, 2016
Microsoft is axing Skype for TV.
The Skype for TV application will no longer be supported and there will be no updates to the app as of June 2016. The company announced the upcoming change on its Skype support page.
“Since 2010, Skype has delivered a great calling experience in the living room in partnership with several TV manufacturers,” the post on the Support page reads.
“But over the years, users have changed the way they use Skype, with the majority accessing it from a mobile device – including when in the living room. 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.”
The change will also affect new account creation and password resets. In future, these will only be available through Skype.com.
Some users of the app may still get lucky, however. Microsoft said use of Skype after June will vary based on the TV model.
Some TV manufacturers — such as from Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, Sharp, Toshiba, Philips and others — may remove the app from some or all of their models. But if they don’t, you may be able to continue to use it — for a while at least.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.