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Microsoft is killing the Skype app for smart TVs

“Hey look, you’re on the telly!” said mum – and much hilarity ensued. Unfortunately, the ability to conduct Skype calls on the living room smart TV is about to come to an end.

Microsoft has announced it’s halting support for Skype for TV in June 2016, which means there won’t be any new updates.

The company says that the way users interact with Skype has changed dramatically since the video-calling app began appearing on connected television sets with built-in web cams.

In a post on the Skype blog, the company wrote: “…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.”

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Microsoft says the app will remain available in its current form for as long as TV manufacturers continue to carry it.

“This may vary depending on the TV model,” the company said.

While the app may remain on legacy devices, it’s unlikely to be featured on new television sets.

Will you miss using Skype on the television? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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