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Microsoft to discontinue Skype Wi-Fi service

Microsoft is retiring its Skype Wi-Fi service to concentrate on other services on the communications platform

Skype Wi-Fi will no longer be available after March as Microsoft retires the service to enable it to focus on other Skype-based services.

Skype Wi-Fi allows users to connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot and automatically notifies them if a hotspot is supported.

From 31 March, the application will not be available for download and existing downloads will no longer work.

Microsoft said on its Skype support page: “From 31 March 2017, Skype Wi-Fi will no longer be available. You won’t be able to download the Skype Wi-Fi application, and if you still have Skype Wi-Fi installed after 31 March, the application will no longer be able to find and use hotspots.”

Microsoft said customers would still be able to use Skype Credit for other Skype features, such as calling mobiles and landlines.

It said the service was being discontinued as part of a refocus. “We are retiring Skype Wi-Fi globally so we can better focus our efforts on bringing you the best possible experience through our core Skype features,” it added.

Microsoft acquired the internet telephony services company, which was founded in 2003, in a 2011 deal worth more than $8.5bn.

When it made the acquisition, Microsoft said Skype would be a new business division of the company.

“The Skype division will continue to offer its current products to millions of users globally,” Microsoft said in a statement. “Longer term, Skype will also be integrated across an array of Microsoft products to broaden Skype’s reach and accelerate its growth as a fundamental way that people communicate online.”

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