The old Skype app is shutting down for Windows phones from July 2017
Microsoft is retiring the non-UWP Skype app
Last year, Microsoft announced that the Skype app for Windows Phone 8, 8.1, Windows 10 Mobile and Windows RT will no longer be supported for these operating systems but the app can still be used until mid-2017.
Yesterday, Microsoft officially announced the end date for Skype on these platforms. After July 1, 2017, the users won’t be able to sign in to these versions of Skype.
After July 1st, those with old Windows phones without an update to Windows 10 Mobile will no longer be able to use Skype. Microsoft released a UWP Skype app for Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10, and the company made clear that only this version (and the Desktop client for Windows) will be developed in the future.
Microsoft already switched the app to a cloud-based infrastructure that has many benefits over Skype relying on peer-to-peer. The company released a brand new Skype for Android devices this month, and new versions will be coming to Windows and iOS in the coming months.
So, if you rely on Skype and have an old Windows Phone like the Lumia 520, you’d better get a new device before the end of this month.