Microsoft to end support for Skype 'classic' following new desktop release

Donna Miller
July 18, 2018

Skype 8.0 requires a 1 GHz or better processor, 512 MB or more RAM, and a DirectX 9.0 compatible video card. Microsoft says that users of the "Classic" Skype desktop client will be forced to upgrade to version 8.0 starting September 1. "We built Skype version 8.0 based on feedback from our community-adding exciting new features while ensuring it's simple to use with the same familiar interface of Skype version 7.0". The update is worth the effort, though, thanks to the numerous new features the latest version offers. The recordings combine everyone's video and any screens that are shared during the call.

Microsoft has big plans in store for its Skype messaging/video conferencing client. Once someone reads their message, their avatar will appear beneath it in the Skype chat. This will enable you to see if your message has been read or not. Messages and conversations including audio calls, text messages, file sharing will now be hidden in the chat list to keep the information you share private. We certainly have our favorite ways of recording Skype calls, but with a built-in recording function, they become less of a necessity. Microsoft will add the option of holding calls and chat sessions with end-to-end encryption powered by the Signal Protocol, the technology behind the popular Signal secure messaging app. This will also work in group chat-and other members in a group chat will also be notified.

Microsoft is rolling out more Skype features across platforms over the coming months.

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Skype migrates data such as the contacts database, history, credentials, and shortcuts to the new version of Skype. What that means is that your device will now be faster, with improved video and audio calling.

Skype version 8 is designed more similarly to the UWP app, as well as the mobile apps for iOS and Android. It means increased opportunity for the Microsoft-owned app to rise above its current slow growth. Version 8 came out of beta last October, but it was only available on Windows 10 1511 or earlier, Windows 8.1, or Windows 7. Messenger and Twitter for instance do have lighter versions of their apps.

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