Microsoft starts upgrading more users to Skype 8 after dropping support for classic app

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After Microsoft dropped support for its Skype Classic app on the desktop yesterday, the company has started pushing more users to its new cross-platform client today. Peter Skillman, Director of Design for Skype and Outlook announced the expanded rollout this morning, highlighting some of the new Skype v8 features along the way. Fans of the old Windows app may need some time to adjust to the new desktop version, but it does come with several useful new features such as built-in Call Recording, access to third-party apps (Skype Add-ins) within conversations and more.

If you miss the more compact design of the Skype Classic app, Skillman also emphasized today that the Skype team is currently working on a “more compact mode” for Skype v8. Unfortunately, the new desktop app also doesn’t support Split View mode as of today, though Microsoft has recently brought it back in preview form in Skype for Windows 10. This separate client is just like Skype v8, but it ships with the Windows 10 October 2018 update and integrates with Windows 10 features like MyPeople or the native Share menu.

Microsoft is now almost done rolling out Skype v8 on all platforms, and the modern experience is also launched in preview on the web earlier this week. The company is still have some work to do to achieve complete feature parity with the Skype Classic app, but the Skype team is now iterating fast with the help of Skype Insiders.