Microsoft “to retire older Skype versions” for Windows desktop and Mac

Back in April, Neowin was first to report on a new desktop interface for Skype on Windows, after one of our readers got an unexpected look at an updated design with hints of Microsoft's Modern design language. Last month, the company confirmed that it is working on a "refreshed UI" for the application. 

While work continues on development of the new look for its desktop client, Skype's main focus in its latest announcement is not on the future, but on the past, as it revealed plans to retire older versions of the software over the next few months. 

The company said today that it will soon retire versions 6.13 and older of its Windows desktop client, and versions 6.14 and older of Skype for Mac. It advises all customers to update to the newest version without delay "to continue using Skype without disruption". 

The company also teased "great new experiences for Skype" on the way, and promised "more on that later". We'll have all the latest Skype news here on Neowin when Microsoft eventually announces it, so be sure to follow us on Twitter @NeowinFeed so we can keep you posted!

Source: Skype 

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mrp04 said,

It's not a minor inconvenience, being off by default all but killed the feature. Most of my contacts are now green 100% of the time.

Mobile phones can definitely be "away". Screen off used to set Google Talk to Away mode. If any of your devices was active it was Online. It worked well. You could even see if someone was on mobile or on their computer. That's gone. Now you can just send the message. There's often times where I'll only send a message if a person is active on their computer so as to not bother them with a message on their phone. I can't do that anymore.

Wow, you're right that does sound like a giant pain in the ass. I didn't really notice the away thing until you mentioned it to be honest.

I tend to message people even if they are away, kind of treat IM like SMS and email. I do understand your frustration with something like that, it just doesn't effect my usage in any way. That may be why to me it's just a "minor inconvenience", or doesn't effect me at all. I pretty much have my phone on me 24/7 with Skype on it, so for me I don't see that as being away. An example of what I mean by "not away" is sitting on the couch watching TV while your phone is on the coffee table or in your pocket. To me that's not away, if someone calls you I assume you would pick up right? so how in a situation like this would that be away? The way I see it even if you don't touch your phone for a few hours it still doesn't technically mean you are away. On the desktop this issue is very simple to deal with, but they had to go all multiplatform with it. Skype is on pretty much everything now, I'm kind of shocked it's not on toasters yet.

mrp04 said,

It's not a minor inconvenience, being off by default all but killed the feature. Most of my contacts are now green 100% of the time.

You do know that the Windows 8.1 version of Skype is now online all the time unless you specifically select "Sign out", even if you "close" it?

So far, all your so-called issues with it has already been addressed, not to mention that the usual version of Skype still works perfectly fine on Windows 8/8.1 and as it already did before.

This makes sense if MS allows the Modern version to run in a window as they indicated at /build. There won't be a need for both versions and they can focus on one version of code.

True, remember that Windows 7 is still the market leader by a huge margin. They aren't stupid enough to just say "You don't get Skype anymore" to the majority of their customers.

yeah so the adless version wont work anymore....

and the metro version force you to integrate your windows account with microsoft one, no thanks

hopefully this only apply to windows 8 and foward

Actually, only the Modern version does - and in that case, it's the same Microsoft account you use with that version of Windows - if you use a LOCAL account with Windows, you can use a completely separate Microsoft account with Modern Skype. Quibble, quibble!

Can you not just goto tools > options > notifications > alerts & messages and untick Promotions?

I dont have any ads on mine with no ad blockers.. just always untick that

Just having any positive balance on your account means that you don't see ads.

BTW, the latest version of Skype in WSUS, MS's corporate patching system, is 6.11, so the cutoff mentioned in the blog post is probably not going to happen for a while. Perhaps a month after the next Patch Tuesday, to give everyone in corps enough time? That's just a guess, though.

Just for those that wanted to know : Yes, you CAN use Skype 6.16 on Windows XP.


Not that you should.

This is not news. Versions of software are discontinued all the time.

It's only significant if its an entire OS or similarly major thing.

'It advises all customers to update to the newest version without delay "to continue using Skype without disruption"' - I presume a message will come up where a user will be able to update Skype with just one click?

Modern theme or not, I don't care. As long as there are no bugs. I am tired of companies just updating themes all the time.

A shame, 2.8 was one of the greatest chat applications with a great UI. Now it just totally sucks in almost every aspect.

The company also teased "great new experiences for Skype" on the way, and promised "more on that later".

###### off. They've been saying that for years.

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