Microsoft-owned video calling service “Skype”, has quitely announced that it will be killing its app for smart TVs starting in June. Originally it became available for smart TVs back in 2010, and within no time, Skype took the decision to abandoning its televition application smartly.
It said that will stop supporting Skype for TV in June. Confirmation of the shutdown comes via a support page — first spotted by the BBC. Explains that smartphones and tablets have proven to be a more popular platform for Skype users.
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.
One year before when Skype first arrived on smart TVs, Microsoft acquired the video chat company for $8.5 billion. The TV integration received a fair share of hype, with a big announcement at CES and with Panasonic and LG, Samsung as launch partners. And also made available to download on many others, including models from Sony and Sharp. Reportedly Skype was installed on tens of millions of TV sets, using the software required a seperate camera, specifically designed for the TV. In a support document, Microsoft says most users prefer to access Skype on a smartphone instead, even with a TV right in front of them, that would be the reason why the best video calling service on smart TV app killed now.
Currently, there are no clues regarding the discontinuation of Skype for Xbox One, which indeed makes use of the console’s Kinect camera. Compared to mobiles or tablets, chatting on TV almost feels like having someone in room and it seems like Microsoft now fending off competition from big rivals such as Apple Facetime, Google Hangouts, and Facebook Messenger video calls – wisely decided to focus on where the users are and going.
Skype’s smart TV app will no longer receive updates after June 1, but those already downloaded it installed can continue to use it. There’s no confirmed timeframe for when the app will cease to work, but it is living on borrowed time.
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