Back in July, Microsoft announced that it will discontinue the Skype Classic app on September 1st but due to public backlash, the company decided to delay the demise of the app and support it beyond September.
Microsoft today revealed that the Skype classic app will stop receiving updates in November when its most popular features are integrated into Skype 8. The Skype v8 will continue to get better and new features like the ability to add phone numbers to existing contacts, improved availability status are also coming.
“As we continue to focus on and improve Skype version 8, support for Skype versions 7, and below will end on November 1, 2018 on desktop devices and November 15, 2018 on mobile and tablet devices. Although you may be able to use older versions for a little while, we encourage you to update today to avoid any interruption,” Microsoft explains.
In another blog post, Microsoft has provided an update on the upcoming changes for Skype.
- Microsoft is sending an email to people still using older Skype versions to inform them about this change.
- Microsoft says that they’ll start requiring people to update to Skype version 8 in waves over the next several months. For desktop, the first wave would begin on 11/1/2018 and Mobile devices and tablet users will get the notification on 11/15/2018.
- If you’re Insider, you can download Skype version 14 from the Microsoft Store for better user experience. Skype’s Microsoft Store edition is based on version 8 but it comes with additional features including support for native APIs.
You can learn more about Microsoft’s latest Skype announcement here.