Microsoft ends support for Skype Classic in November as it focuses on Skype 8

Support for Skype versions 7, and below will end on 1 November 2018 on desktop devices.

Microsoft has decided to put an end to 'Skype 7.0—Classic' version in November and will focus on improving 'Skype 8' with better features based on user feedback.

"Support for 'Skype versions 7', and below will end on 1 November 2018 on desktop devices and 15 November 2018 on mobile and tablet devices," the company wrote in a blog post late on Thursday.

A web camera is seen in front of a Skype logo in this photo illustration taken in Zenica, May 26, 2015. Online communication service Skype has been summoned to appear in court in Belgium after refusing to pass on customer data to aid a criminal investigation, a court spokesman said. A court in Mechelen, just north of Brussels, had asked for data from messages and calls exchanged on Microsoft-owned Skype, arguing that telecom operators in the country were required to do so. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic - GF10000107714

A web camera is seen in front of a Skype logo in this photo illustration taken in Zenica, May 26, 2015. Reuters.

The company would, however, allow users to use the older versions, while giving them time to shift to newer Skype updates.

"We're continuing to work on your most requested features. Recently, we launched call recording and have started to roll out the ability to search within a conversation. You'll soon be able to add phone numbers to existing contacts, have more control over your availability status, and more," the post added.

Earlier in September, Microsoft redesigned Skype's interface for both mobile and desktop, simplifying its voice calling, video chatting and messaging features.

The video-and-voice app also rolled out end-to-end encryption for private conversations on the platform.

It is not clear how long 'Skype Classic' would continue operating after the company ceases supporting it.





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