Microsoft to end support for Skype 'Classic' after September 1

Joanna Estrada
July 17, 2018

Skype version 8.0 brings several new features such as reactions to messages, Skype add-ins, and a new Chat media gallery, and Microsoft is now testing new features with Skype Insiders such as encrypted conversations, call recording and and read receipts. 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.

Microsoft reveals in the announcement that any Skype version that is not the latest version that Microsoft released - version 8.0 at the time of writing - will stop working after September 1, 2018.

Microsoft has finally, however, managed to more or less unify its Skype development across Windows, macOS, Linux, and the mobile apps. It's a bit of a surprise move, as many expected that after Microsoft killed version 7, it would leave the UWP app as the only way to access the service.

Indeed, the entire time that Skype version 8 was in beta, and after that, there was no way to install it on newer versions of Windows 10 without some workarounds. Skype 8.0 requires a 1 GHz or better processor, 512 MB or more RAM, and a DirectX 9.0 compatible video card.

Let's all pause for a moment of silence here since this new Skype version does not include all of the functionality of the desktop application it is replacing. Messaging now supports the convention of using @mentions in a group chat to alert users and file sharing works with files up to 300MB. Simply type the @ symbol followed by their name to trigger a notification for them. It's also now easier to find historic shared media with a built-in gallery of media content.

Skype migrates data such as the contacts database, history, credentials, and shortcuts to the new version of Skype. You can upgrade by going to Help - Check for updates in Skype version 7. The upgrade FAQ that Microsoft published has a "launch Skype to Upgrade" button that users may activate on the page to start the upgrade process this way. After this date, it's not that Skype 7.0 won't be supported and that you can still use the application; you will no longer be able to login and must update if you plan on using the communication software.

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