Microsoft is ending support for Skype Classic on November 1st

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Microsoft plans to stop supporting the desktop version of Skype 7.0, or Skype Classic as it’s fondly called by dedicated users, on November 1st, while the mobile and tablet versions will be cut off on November 15th. The company announced the change on the Skype blog today, telling users that, “Although you may be able to use older versions for a little while, we encourage you to update today to avoid any interruption.”

The Skype saga has been one of the more contentious for the Windows maker over the course of the last couple of years. Microsoft originally rolled out a big Skype redesign last year that included a lot of Snapchat-like elements. It was an attempt to transform its core messaging product into something that was perhaps more attractive to younger audiences and quite the opposite for, say, the older business-oriented and professional users that make up a majority of Skype’s user base.

Microsoft has spent the past year tweaking Skype on mobile and desktop to find a happy medium. Last month, the company announced it would be keeping Skype Classic around “for some time” while it integrated a number of features that long-time users felt were missing from the redesigned Skype 8.0. Earlier this month, the company began removing and further tweaking more of the mobile-first features and design in yet another redesign, this time aimed at appeasing existing users instead of trying to appeal to new ones.

Now, it looks like Microsoft is finally ready to say goodbye to the old Skype, even if it means forcing a bit of unwanted change on its user base. It’s not clear how long Skype Classic will continue operating after the company ceases supporting it; the editor’s note on the blog post says that it will be useable for just “a little while.” But it seems like Microsoft has made enough changes that it won’t be a difficult transition.

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I haven’t used new version for a long time, but last time I used it; it was nowhere near as functionally rich as classis desktop version. I hope they have updated new version where it’s almost on par with classis version.

Confusingly Skype 8 is a desktop app – it’s just stripped down from previous versions and tries to look more UWP

The actual UWP app (which is pre-installed in Windows 10) is more stripped down again.

Confusingly Skype 8 is a desktop app – it’s just stripped down from previous versions and tries to look more UWP
The actual UWP app (which is pre-installed in Windows 10) is more stripped down again.

It really isn’t all that confusing, if anything, answers like yours are the reason any confusion exists at all.

Skype 8 is just the newest version of Skype, replacing Skype 7.

Yes, it has a fresh, modern look.. but more importantly it has many new and improved features, like call/video-call recording, advanced screen sharing, NDI video output for content creators. You can now send directed replies to someone in a group conversation with @mentsions and share much larger files up to 300MB which will be easier to find as there is now a dedicated tab to browse for images/videos/files/links that have been shared separate from all the text that exists in-between.

On top of that, it’s much more reliable now in both determining the call quality your device/network can handle but also in stability during operation.

Calling it a more stripped down version that is attempting to look more "UWP" is just lazy and the real reason there is any confusion at all.

On top of that, it’s much more reliable now in both determining the call quality your device/network can handle but also in stability during operation.

That has not been my experience.

Anyway regardless of what you think of Skype 8 having UWP and desktop versions is confusing – just go to Skype.com and you’ll see what the problem is

Skype from the Windows store says it version 12.1815.210.0. There is no other Skype in the store that I see.

I was extremely pissed that the Skype redesign wiped out users’ chat histories. For me, loading Classic Skype actually lets the chat history go back further but not all the way. I lost all faith in skype when they did that without informing users or offering any solution.

The chat history should be available though.. as long as you updated through skype it should export the history to your PC.

How hard can this be MS. Keep what people like. Add/improve/refine things. Don’t remove basic functionality. Don’t change direction every 6 months.

This is what they are currently doing, though. They pushed back the EOS date for old Skype in order to keep people happy, while adding stuff to the new Skype.

That’s what they’ve done.. lol.

Are you familiar with the update at all?

MSFT loves to release "new products" with a few trendy features that some self-absorbed PM or GM think are trendy and going to get them a promotion, meanwhile multiple core functions of the previous version don’t get ported over. It’s a buch of BS.

My favorite one being Print Selection omission in Edge.

Bring back MSN / WLM, those were the days Microsoft could make a good IM client.

Hope they fix the ability to see the FULL VIDEO being sent and received rather than a cropped square of your outgoing video, and a fitted-to-your-screen ratio of the incoming video. Those were my biggest complaints, though lack of a proper full-screen mode is also annoying/dumb.

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