Microsoft will follow the example already given by Google and Facebook, launching an alternative version of the Skpe client, optimized to reduce memory requirements on Android 4.0.3 and 5.1 devices
Far from being a compromise solution, Skype's alternative version promises to improve connection stability and image quality
While Google looks specifically at the Android Go platform, Microsoft goes one step further by helping older generation devices that have been running out of support for Android app developers for years. Microsoft is changing the attitude to reality on the ground, many Android users in emerging economies do not have the financial resources to replace their devices once every few years. In fact, according to statistics provided by Google in February 2018, 42% of devices accessing the Google Play store run versions of Android 4 and Android 5.
The update will be available globally in the next "weeks"