Skype abandons smart TV

Skype will end its support for smart TV software in June. The chat application, owned by Microsoft now intends to focus its attention on phones and tablets. The move comes as
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Skype will end its support for smart TV software in June.

The chat application, owned by Microsoft now intends to focus its attention on phones and tablets.

The move comes as the company reportedly saw an increasing number of consumers adopting mobile devices as their preferred Skype host.

The application has been available on television sets for over six years, after first being unveiled at CES in 2010.

Skype, which released the news via a new support page on its website, stated, “Skype has delivered a great calling experience in the living room in partnership with several TV manufacturers.

“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."

Skype also stated that it is now down to manufacturers whether they wish to continue installing the final version of Skype on their products. Samsung has already announced that its TVs will stop offering the app from 2 June.

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