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Skype Classic to be retired on September 1, replaced with Skype version 8.0


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Microsoft today announced that it will retire "Skype Classic" for desktop (version 7.0) on September 1. In its place, all Skype users will be forced to upgrade to version 8.0 by that date to continue using Skype for dekstop.

 

From Microsoft :

As we roll out improvements, there comes a time when we must shut down older services and application versions. This is done to ensure that all customers have the best possible Skype experience, and that there are no quality or reliability issues resulting from old technology and new technology interoperating. We know change can be hard, so we're working to make the update as simple as possible.

 

Skype version 8.0 is revamped with several new features, and Microsoft has more planned for future releases. The new features include the ability to add reactions to messages, @mentions, and a chat media gallery. You can also now drag and drop files up to 300MB in size to share them with friends and contacts.

 

This version of Skype is also rolling out on iPad starting today, with a similar set of new features in tow.

 

As for Skype's future, Microsoft offered a peek at several more features it is cooking up. The most notable of these is call recording, which lets you capture entire calls at any time. Read receipts are also in the works, as are end-to-end encrypted conversations.

 

If you're using an older version of Skype, you should be prompted to update to version 8.0 before the September 1 deadline arrives. Otherwise, you can download the latest version of Skype from Microsoft now.

 

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Bad for certain tvs with old Skype built in.. And no upgrade path.. Now Skype won't work for these devices 

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I tried the new Skype v8 for desktop on my systems but it won't even log me in but v7 works.

It probably has to do with my Skype blocking rules in hosts

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Yes, it´s VERY important, that it is not the user, who decide,  what´s  the best possible Skype experience!

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On 7/18/2018 at 7:22 AM, greybigtop said:

Yes, it´s VERY important, that it is not the user, who decide,  what´s  the best possible Skype experience!

 

Skype v8 is great, but it lacks of a very important feature: Export Chats :( It's so bad that Microsoft can't implement it ! 

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This latest version is a response of Skype to WhatsApp, but I really doubt if it will persuade any Whatsapp user to change to Skype. Peolpe look for ease of use and nothing more easy than to use your own smartphone to have a video-chat when you need it! using your own cell phone number. I feel that this is yet one more battle to be losed by Microsoft.

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