Microsoft Gets Ready to Scrap Skype Classic Once and For All

Wednesday 10 October 2018, 1:01PM
By Beckie Wright

Skype users be warned—come November, the classic Skype messenger that we all know and love will cease to be. Microsoft recently announced that support for Skype 7.0 or Skype Classic on desktop will end on the 1st of November, and mobile and tablet users will only have until the 15th of November to update to the newer version of Skype before the app and tablet versions are cut off.  

This announcement focuses on giving way to the new-and-improved Skype 8.0 on Windows desktop, mobile devices, and iPad. Skype 8.0 will be cloud-based rather than application-based, which means that all chat and conversations will be stored on the cloud rather than just on your home computer.

The new Skype will have several new features that were not present in the classic version, including themes, notifications, and features more akin to social media type platforms, such as @mentions and reactions. Additionally, a major focus of Skype 8.0 is cross-device functionality, meaning a more consistent user experience across your phone, tablet, laptop and desktop PC.

Skype is always making improvements, such as enhanced quality, better reliability, and improved security, and the company is actively pushing for this change. When support ends in November, Skype will begin requiring updates to the latest version, so it’s best to update to the latest version as soon as possible to avoid any interruptions.

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