Skype Retires Windows 8 Modern App In Favor Of Desktop Version
Skype has been offering two applications for Windows users; a touch centered modern App for Windows 8 users and a traditional desktop App. Today, the team behind Skype has announced that they are retiring the Windows 8 modern app and replacing it with a desktop version. Starting on July 7, a new update will "upgrade" the modern app to the more keyboard and mouse friendly desktop app.
Skype says that it is "simplifying" its experience around a single program that you can use with both a touchscreen and a mouse and keyboard. The team say the decision is due to the feedback they received.
You told us that Skype for Windows desktop:
- Helps you efficiently navigate - it presents all information in one window - including notifications, multiple conversations and a full contact list – so you don't have to scroll back and forth.
- Comes with great features that help you get more done- like group video calling, sharing your screen for showing directions or working together on a document and soon translation.
They also explains that since, Windows 10 is around the corner it makes sense to stay with the Skype app that can work with mouse and keyboard while also being capable of touch input instead of keeping two apps which essentially serve the same purpose.
You can download the desktop application today by downloading it here. Anyone trying to access the modern application on PCs starting from July 7 will be automatically directed to download the desktop application. All contacts and conversations from the last 30 days will be available for users who are switching apps.
Note: Windows RT users are not affected by this decision.
It is still unclear how this new decision will affect the upcoming Windows 10. Features like messaging and video calling will use Skype as a backbone, and will be built into the OS. However, Microsoft is saying that Windows 10 built in Skype app will remain, but they are planning to roll out updates "later this year".
Source: Skype Blogs