Microsoft owned Skype announced that transition from P2P to cloud is near about to complete. The company also said that the support will be dropped for some older versions of Android and Windows phones after October, 2016.
Android Smartphone Users:
All android smartphone users, if you want to run the latest version of Skype (Skype 6.2 and higher), you will need to have Android OS version 4.0.3 or above on your smartphone.
For those running Android OS 2.3 and above, they can run Skype 4 for Android.
Windows Smartphone Users:
If you are using Windows Phone 8 or older versions, you will not be able to run the latest version of Skype.
In a blog post, Skype chief chief Gurdeep Pall said-
“The transition has been ongoing for a while and isn’t complete quite yet. The team is working hard to ensure that our users can continue to use Skype smoothly throughout the transition. At times, unforeseen issues have cropped up, like messages not syncing across devices, or delayed notifications. Knowing the impact of these issues for our users, we fix these issues as quickly as we can. We do ask all our users to update Skype to ensure they benefit from our latest fixes and improvements and to enable a smooth transition to the cloud.”
Claiming it to be a tough decision, he wrote-
“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. As such, we will begin to implement these changes over the coming months. You can check our support site to find out which devices and operating systems Skype will support in the future, but as an example we will continue to support Windows 7, 8, XP and Vista, Yosemite on Mac, iOS 8 and Android 4.03 operating systems.”
Company has taken this decision for providing lighter, faster and more responsive UWP app. They are also improving call quality and adding new features. He also wrote in the post.
“Our focus will be on the newly released lighter, faster and more responsive UWP app for Windows 10, Skype for iPhone, iPad and Android as well as a web-based native version of Skype for other supported platforms like previous Windows operating Systems, Mac and Linux, which will benefit from the latest ORTC or WebRTC technology that we’ve been working on for the last year,”
So, most of the smartphone users need to upgrade their smartphones to use new version of Skype.