Microsoft won't force you to use the new Skype just yet

A few weeks ago, Microsoft announced that it's killing off Skype classic, or version 7. The firm moved everyone to Skype 8, which works more like the mobile versions of the app, even allowing Windows 10 users in on the action. Previously, Windows 10 users were forced to use the UWP app.

The original date for Skype classic to stop working was September 1, but Microsoft is now backtracking, and you'll be able to use Skype v7 for the time being. Spotted by Brad Sams of, the information was posted as an update to a support forum that originally said when Skype v7 would be killed off.

The update says the following:

Based on customer feedback, we are extending support for Skype 7 (Skype classic) for some time. Our customers can continue to use Skype classic until then.

Thanks for all your comments - we are listening. We are working to bring all the features you've asked for into Skype 8.

Watch this space.

Microsoft didn't provide a new end of life date for Skype v7, but there's no doubt that it's still coming. Eventually, you'll have to move to Skype v8, or the UWP app if you're on Windows 10.

We've reached out to Microsoft for more information, such as the new date that the older version of the app will stop working.

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