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Microsoft kills off Skype for TVs

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Microsoft is dropping support for its Skype for TV application. Starting in June, Skype for TV apps will no longer be supported on televisions from Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, Sharp, Toshiba, Philips, and more. Microsoft revealed the changes in a support article, noting that "TV manufacturers may remove the Skype for TV application from some or all of their models."

Microsoft blames mobile devices for the change to its Skype for TV apps. "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," says a Microsoft spokesperson. "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."

It appears that the Skype for TV app will continue to run on most TVs in June, but that some manufacturers will remove the app and a lack of support from Microsoft means it will eventually stop working on all TVs.