Microsoft has officially announced that on September 1st, 2018 Skype Classic (version 7.0 ) will no longer work. The program that we have all come to love and use on a daily basis is now going to be taken out to the pasture, while we will be forced to use Skype 8.0.
“Today, we are rolling out an updated version of Skype (version 8.0) for desktop that will replace Skype version 7.0 (also known as Skype classic)” Microsoft stated in an announcemt.
“We are encouraging everyone to upgrade now to avoid any inconvenience as only Skype version 8.0 will work after September 1, 2018,” the announcement further stated. “As we roll out improvements, there comes a time when we must shut down older services and application versions. This is done to ensure that all customers have the best possible Skype experience, and that there are no quality or reliability issues resulting from old technology and new technology interoperating. We know change can be hard, so we’re working to make the update as simple as possible.”
The reality is that change isn’t hard if the change is for the better. Skype Classic, otherwise known as version 7.0, not only works, but it works well.
On the other hand, Skype 8.0, which has some amazing features such as HD video and screen sharing, media galleries, iPad support, call recording, and more, is just generally disliked.
F’ing @Skype just updated its self to 8 again. @SkypeSupport Where can I get download 7 from again to fix it. 8 still SUCKS. There is NO contact management in version 8. Stop forcing this crapy beta software on people.
— Mike Anelli (@blurr1) June 26, 2018
@SkypeSupport 8.23. No way to chat with support person. New version sucks. Can’t add contacts with phone numbers to Skype. Community says download Classic Skype.’ Can’t find. No contacts tab. Tell me how to get Classic Skype. Quickly please!!! Jeff Topping. Skype sucks currently
— Jeff Topping (@aztopping) June 19, 2018
@Microsoft @Skype @SkypeSupport Just wanna say thank you for f’ing up Skype, AGAIN. Those of us that like split window view or were holding out for not-shit featues by using old versions- Boned. One more thing “improved” into crap. #Skype8Sucks
— Mash Rien (@Mashrien) May 10, 2018
The interface is awkward, feels more like an app, and I cant seem to figure out how to split my chats into their own windows, which I find makes it much easier to conduct multiple conversations.
Microsoft, why would you change something that works and throw what feels like a Windows 10 app at us instead of a desktop application with split windows that we have come to love?
Oh well. I will continue using Skype Classic till I can and then either upgrade or switch to a different chat program. For those who want to give a try, good luck. Oh, and you can download it here.