Skype: "No More Windows Mobile for You!"

I have long been a fan of Skype as evidenced by my ongoing coverage over the years. I have it installed on every platform I own for which it is available and I have maintained a paid-subscription for additional features. That said, I was very disappointed at the most recent news about Skype's plans for certain types of mobile devices. Blaming issues with Microsoft's mobile operating system, Skype has pulled its WindowsMobile version from the downloads page. Also gone is Skype Lite.  

As part of our continual review of our mobile range, we’ve decided to make a few changes to our lineup. Skype Lite and Skype for Windows Phones are no longer available for download. This isn’t a decision we’ve taken lightly, but the reason is simple. Neither of these apps offered a great Skype experience.
 
Skype Lite only works in a small number of countries. Where it does work, making a call requires you to use up your allocation of minutes from your mobile network, making the Skype-to-Skype calls sort-of-free-per-minute rather than actually-free-per-minute. And with the latest version of the Windows Mobile OS, it’s been increasingly challenging for us to maintain an app which behaves as you’d expect on a wide range of handsets without working with a mobile operator partner.
 
And that’s why we’ve removed these apps from our site. However, if you already use one of these apps, you can carry on using it – we’re not disabling them. If that’s the case, we’re assuming that you’re aware of its limitations, so we don’t want to prevent you from carrying on. 
 
You can read the rest here. Also AppMobilize.com has an aggregated page of coverage - basically links to news articles about this issue. As comments from readers on blogs around the world demonstrate, this product drop is a HUGE disappointment for a great many users. 
 
This is exactly why I always download and archive available applications even if I don't need them right away. And if you Google around, you can still find SkypeMobile v3.0 to download. If you get the .cab version, be SURE to go into the properties and make it 'read-only' BEFORE you install it. That way, the cab file won't be consumed in the install and you'll always have it available. And I wouldn't be surprised if someone Frankensteins a better version because people like a challenge especially in the face of adversity. We've seen it before when software has been orphaned. 
 
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