Microsoft pulls Skype v5.0 from Apple App Store: Is Skype dead for Apple iOS?
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, June 12, 2014
Microsoft announced two weeks ago that their Skype software division had produced a new version for iOS devices.
According to MSFT, the highly anticipated version 5.0 was supposed to be “remastered for iPhone,” and described as “the most refined version yet,” and was promised to be “faster, smoother, more integrated, smarter.”
Suddenly, to the dismay of many iOS device users, the Skype software was no longer available, and had pulled from the Apple App Store.
The solitary cryptic response Microsoft/Skype offered was “We are in the process of rolling out the latest version. Skype 5.0 for iPhone will soon be available for download worldwide.”
Writing in TheInquirer.net, Carly Page, cited an unnamed “spokesperson said, “Skype has removed the Skype for iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store in some markets, as we begin rolling out the latest version. Skype 5.0 for iPhone will soon be available for download.””
However, it leaves customers wondering… was a fatal vulnerability or flaw discovered?
What exactly is behind such a strangely curious move – to announce an improvement, and then experience failure before roll-out?
It seems that’s par for the course with Microsoft, which has suffered numerous publicly embarrassing faux pas, including the on-stage crash of Windows 98, again in 2005, and most recently with their Surface tablet.
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