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Skype Modern App to be retired on July 7th, users will be asked to switch to Skype for Windows Desktop

Skype Modern App to be retired on July 7th, users will be asked to switch to Skype for Windows Desktop

by AshwinJune 11, 2015

Skype has announced that its Modern App will be retired on July 7th.


Users of the Skype Modern App, who try to use the app on or after July 7th, will be updated to download its alternative app,  Skype for Windows Desktop.

The replacement app is available for computers running on Windows XP SP3, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

If you want to try Skype for Modern Windows, tough luck. The link to download the application is already redirecting users to download Skype for Windows Desktop. So unless you already have it on your device, you can’t get the app. But if you want to know what it looks like, you can see the screenshot featured above.

Here is what Skype for Windows Desktop looks like:


While at first glance, it looks like a modern app. It isn’t. If you compare the GUI of the app to the UI of Skype for, which was recently released, you will find quite a few differences. The most noticeable differences are the online status icons, and the unread notification count. Skype for Outlook displays the unread count in a conversation on the contact’s photo (on the top left), while the online status is displayed on the bottom right.

The conversation bubbles, and the emoticons, however seems to similar in both apps. There may be a reason for this.

The VOIP service’s announcement on its blog is very interesting. It says its on a mission to allow users to use one app, with a mouse and keyboard or with touch, because Windows 10 is just around the corner.

You know what this means, a Universal app is coming. Microsoft has been making a lot of its key apps into universal apps, to deliver a same app experience on Windows 10 PCs, phones and tablets. Universal apps include Outlook Mail, Outlook Calendar, OneNote, OneDrive, Office, etc.

So it is not remotely surprising that it wants to do the same with Skype. We have reported that Skype for Windows 10 Desktop is not ready, as all of Microsoft’s teams are working on one goal, eliminating bugs in Windows 10, so it ships on July 29th, as promised. Skype reveals that its app for Windows 10 devices will be released later this year, thought there is still no concrete information about a release date.

Here is some more information about Skype for Windows XP, 7 and 8.x:

Skype for Windows Desktop supports group video calling, sharing your screens, and even allows you to edit a document together. It will soon get support for Skype Translator, which reported about yesterday.

Users of the Skype Modern App, who sign in to the Skype for Windows Desktop app, will have access to all their contacts and conversations from the last 30 days.