Skype Classic gets last-minute reprieve, avoids impending September 1 retirement

In July, Microsoft announced its plan to retire Skype Classic (version 7) on September 1, and start shifting users to the more modern Skype version 8.0. After some backlash from Skype Classic users, however, Microsoft has opted to backtrack on that plan to address "customer feedback."

In a post on the Microsoft Answers forum (opens in new tab) where Microsoft was soliciting feedback on the move, the company posted an update, stating that it is extending support for Skype 7 "for some time" (via Thurrott). From the post:

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.

The update is (likely purposefuly) vague on how long we can expect Skype Classic to remain supported, but one thing is clear: fans of Skype 7 can breathe a sigh of relief for the foreseeable future.

Still, don't expect the classic app to stick around forever. Microsoft is keen to get users to move to version 8.0, and they've made an aggressive bid to get people to upgrade over the weeks since the original retirement announcement was made. However, once Microsoft settles on a new retirement date, hopefully it has made some progress in addressing any lingering features that haven't made their way to Skype 8.0 just yet.

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • Aaaah, another program from the golden era where desktop programs had good, functional and pretty UI's before Metro destroyed it all. If they didn't butcher decent desktop UI toolkits in favor of huuuuge fonts, thiiiiiiiick borders and whiiiiiiiitespace maybe UWP hadn't so many haters, cause the underlying technology and benefits are quite good, only the UI is pure trash.
  • I feel the same way about it.
  • You'd be surprised to know how much flack the original Skype 7 redesign received when it launched. It got massively tweaked and improved in time though. The same will happen with Skype 8 I'm sure ... but it's going to be q while ...
  • 1. Fluent Design is sleeker looking tbh... 2. You can change the UI size in Settings.
  • I have walked from Skype. I was a strong advocate for a long time. But they have let that software fester into a blistering bedsore of a program. I literally setup a Free Microsoft Teams account and invited all my family members to it. 1000% better experience. Notifications work every time. Messages sync across devices every time. Hell, message even get delivered instantly. Every. Single. Time.
  • I'm confused. Is Skype Classic only downloadable from some MS website? Because whatever's in the Microsoft Store isn't exactly polished to perfection. The Android version is in all honesty more consistent and usable. And it seems to know when other people are online, whereas the UWP version just makes up numbers (like "last seen 6D ago" when I just Skyped with that person). So, so confusing. But I suppose this is Skype being a victim of its own success - we're waiting on the legacy users to catch up.
  • Yes skype classic is download from the website. You can try out the newer skype
    In Skype setting join Skype preview
  • Or download Skype 8 from the website ...
  • I don't know what an ax is, but it sounds bad.
  • It's a smaller axe 😉
  • Microsoft should just restrict Skype 7/Classic to Windows 7 only, stop all development on it and focus resources on developing Skype 8/UWP instead.
  • The new skype's GUI is still terribly bad