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Skype Classic to End Soon – Users Forced to Update to Skype 8

The official announcement of the discontinuing of the Skype Classic version of the program is already a fact, scheduled for 1st of September, 2018.

The 2018 version, called Skype Classic has been reported to no longer be supported after the beginning of September on most computers. The software to which many of us are used to, will no longer work and force users to migrate to the newer version – 8.0.

Microsoft Promises for a Better Experience

Even though many users have expressed their dislike of the automatic updates of Skype’s Classic version to the newer 8.0 version, the discontinuing of the Classic will soon become reality and Microsoft has sated that they will roll out improvements and with time they will shut down the older versions to “ensure that all customers have the best possible Skype experience”. This has likely come as a result of users having to complain that the 8.0 version of Skype was forced on their computers.

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It really remains a mystery why Microsoft has decided to push this version in such an aggressive manner before the actual discontinuing taking place. But experts do outline the main reason for it being to likely take advantage of Skype users in order to quickly discover and detect bugs with the 8.0 version and hence smooth out the experience and make for a bug-free upgrade.

In addition to this, many experts and users alike also complained of the missing live chat support of Skype and the lack of the ability to add contacts by using phone numbers. And as always there were those disgruntled users who were absolutely surprised that the new version has unnecessary features and it’s necessary ones were removed by Microsoft.

On the bright side however, the new version does have some pros as well, like a much better video, more accessible and easy to use UI, more screen sharing options, media galleries, call recording and others. But this does not seem to change people’s minds who still believe the new version is not what they prefer using.

Microsoft has not addressed any criticisms or gave any responses and comments after the announcement took place and many people still prefer to download the old version and use it while they still can by downloading it from other URLs.

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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  1. Frank

    The new Skype is complicated and does not easily accomplish the straight forward manipulations we are used to. the 7 items in the top of Skype 7.0 were all very useful.

  2. J

    This is the most depressing news I have ever got about skype. Classic skype is the way to go, it’s good, works.. has the right features etc. Always liked it. All other skype versions are pathetic – ugly, poor, lack features. I honestly don’t know anyone who uses these new versions. All my friends use classic skype and hate the rest. Great job microsoft.. you did it again. At least we all move to discord from now, screw skype.

  3. Vitali Maliugin

    M$ is going to force this clients to throw the Skype away. Users will see that they are no more able to manage their contacts and will move to another program. Creating contact lists (e.g. “Family”, “Friends”, “Office”, “Clients” and so on) is probably the most wanted feature which users wish to see in messenger. Skype 8 does not have it…

  4. Sara

    This is horrible news! The new skype if VERY BUGGY. I would go to respond to a person and am told that Skype messaging is not available. It locks up and does not have features i use daily on Skype Classic. I feel this is a horrible move to for people to use an inferior product. I am holding onto classic and if it dies, i will imagine,we will be dumping skype and moving to another platform such as SLACK> I think you are going to LOSE tons of users but what do i know..i am just a daily user of classic skype. Goodbye soon.

    1. Milena Dimitrova

      I completely agree with you… Just another poor decision made by Microsoft…

  5. Connie

    Does Skype work with Linux System, Apple, and Microsoft?


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