If this publication cares about its credibility, it shall promptly correct the misstatement about Skype dropping support in "all Windows-based smart phones." The linked Microsoft support article is very clear about Windows Mobile 10 unaffected. Creating sensational headlines much? I thought this was Anandtech's job.
When Microsoft says windows 10, do they mean the Skype windows 10 app from the windows store? Or the regular Skype program?
Both will be supported. The UWP app will work on all supported Win10 platforms (mobile included) and the desktop program will work on x86 Win10. As far as dropping support for older platforms goes, older versions of x86 Windows will probably just stop seeing updates at some point, and ditto for the older Windows 8.x and Android apps. That doesn't necessarily mean the software will cease working any time soon.
Ouch. This doesn't bode well for Windows Phone. Which sucks - the Lumia 950XL was a solid phone but lack of apps is a deal breaker for most people.
Lumia 950 and 950 XL came with W10M. In fact any Lumia with 1GB of RAM or more can run Win10 Mobile. Which means it will have access to the latest UWP Skype app! I can't think of any app I would want that isn't on W10M, especially now that Bank of America released their new UWP app. Also the new UWP VLC app is great.
In other MS related news, Microsoft will stop supporting internet in all but Windows 10!
This whole support, exclusivity and similar BS from M$ is really starting to look funny to me.
Right, they should support all their old stuff forever. Win8 and Win7 even got free upgrades. So if you're still running one of those, well... if the software still works, it will probably continue to work without updates for some time.