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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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.

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

'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.

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.

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


Not that you should.

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.

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

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.

Hold on, are you talking about the Windows 8 app store version, or desktop version? If it's the app version it's mostly intended for tablets/RT. The desktop version on the other hand is still mostly the same thing as the pre-Microsoft acquisition version. With that being said, care to elaborate on what you saw that made you look for an alternative? and what was that alternative.

Why you stopped using? Did they suddenly removed features or something? Are you talking about RT app or desktop app? What's the alternative you found?

Zero21XX said,
Hold on, are you talking about the Windows 8 app store version, or desktop version? If it's the app version it's mostly intended for tablets/RT. The desktop version on the other hand is still mostly the same thing as the pre-Microsoft acquisition version. With that being said, care to elaborate on what you saw that made you look for an alternative? and what was that alternative.

I'm not OP but if you look at the latest Skype apps and default settings you will notice that presence indication seems to be going away. Desktop version no longer sets you to away when idle as default. App versions don't support away status at all.

It's just being really dumbed down like Google Talk was when it turned into Hangouts.

Shaun N. said,
I stopped using Skype when the "Windows 8" version popped up. Saw the way it was headed and found an alternative

I been using Naver's LINE for a while and works pretty good, free messages (iOS, Android, WP, Nokia, Mac & Windows), voice & video calls (iOS, Android, Mac & Windows, Windows 8).

mrp04 said,

I'm not OP but if you look at the latest Skype apps and default settings you will notice that presence indication seems to be going away. Desktop version no longer sets you to away when idle as default. App versions don't support away status at all.

It's just being really dumbed down like Google Talk was when it turned into Hangouts.

I don't know if they are planning to remove the away feature in the future, seems like it's a pointless thing to remove. As long as it's available as an option I wouldn't call that being dumbed down, a minor inconvenience sure, but not dumbed down. I'm not sure why they deactivated that by default, but if I had to guess it's probably due to the fact that if you have Skype on mobile(phone) you are probably never really "away". So setting a global away across all signed in platforms wouldn't be very desirable.

The alternative was raidcall, the version im talking about is not the desktop version but the Windows 8 version that wants to be full screen

Shaun N. said,
The alternative was raidcall, the version im talking about is not the desktop version but the Windows 8 version that wants to be full screen

So, you stopped using Skype because of an application which has no effect on the one you were using?

What are you talking about? I stopped using Skype because of the Windows 8 Metro version and started using Raidcall to voice chat with my friends instead.

Shaun N. said,
What are you talking about?

You stopped using Skype because of the Windows 8 app, which doesn't in any way affect the version you were previously using?

Shaun N. said,
I stopped using Skype when the "Windows 8" version popped up. Saw the way it was headed and found an alternative
The truth is there are most likely alternatives out there which will work better and be lighter-weight on system resources. Skype before Microsoft's acquisition complied to the latter.

Zero21XX said,

I don't know if they are planning to remove the away feature in the future, seems like it's a pointless thing to remove. As long as it's available as an option I wouldn't call that being dumbed down, a minor inconvenience sure, but not dumbed down. I'm not sure why they deactivated that by default, but if I had to guess it's probably due to the fact that if you have Skype on mobile(phone) you are probably never really "away". So setting a global away across all signed in platforms wouldn't be very desirable.

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.

You can dock the app version of Skype in Windows 8 to the side of your screen. In fact I do it now, that is the only Windows 8 app worth even getting.

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.