Microsoft is discontinuing all its Skype wi-fi service globally from 31 st March, 2017. According to the Frequently Asked Questions page of Skype., the users will not be able to download the application after that date even if you have the Skype wi-fi installed after the deadline. The application will no longer be able to find and use hotspots.
If a user is having a Skype credit that has been purchased for Skype wi-fi, it can be used for Skype’s other features, such as calling landlines and mobiles. The users have been urged to contact Skype customer service or take Skype Help for a refund if they don’t want to use their Skype credit.
This service was originally called Skype Access and it was launched in 2009. The Skype wi-fi currently covers more than 2 million internet hotspots globally.
The service was launched back in 2009 and provided a way to consolidate private and public wi-fi networks across the world and that too under one payment service. The official wi-fi apps were released for Windows, iOS, and Android devices.
Though no specific reason has been given for the closure of the app globally. But on the support page, the company’s team mentioned that the service of Skype wi-fi will be retiring globally from March end. This decision has been taken so that the company can better focus its efforts to bring the users the best possible experience through the core features of Skype. The company is trying to ensure that the issues like Skype Not Responding shouldn’t occur and make your experience bitter.
In June 2015, the officials of Microsoft confirmed that the company was working to roll out the rebranded and updated version of Skype wi-fi that was called Microsoft wi-fi. Microsoft wi-fi is the service for Windows 10 and it is similar to Skype wi-fi. There is no clarity over the thing the company is retiring this service also with Skype wi-fi or not. Microsoft was planning to make Microsoft wi-fi a service which is for both business customers and consumers. But, what the company has planned for this service now is not very much clear.
With the help of this Microsoft wi-fi service, users can get online on many places on their Windows PC. The users should buy a data plan to get connected for participating paid wi-fi networks. There were no recurring charges and contracts and even no sign-up process was needed for it. The issues like Skype Mic Not Working were also equal to zero.
Last year in September, Microsoft said that it will close the London office of Skype that will be a part of its efforts to consolidate its pressure in the UK. The decision to close the office put near about 220 positions on risk.