Microsoft has been recently rolling up its sleeves to regularly update Skype with fresh features and functionalities in an effort to provide the best experience to users. In line with that effort, Redmond is now urging Skype users to download the latest version of the program before the company shuts down older clients on March 1.
Starting next month, you will no longer be able to sign in to Skype version 7.16 and below on Windows and versions 7.0 to 7.18 on Mac. These older versions of Skype will lose support soon after their release more than a year ago. Most users probably have already upgraded to the latest version. For those who have not, now is the right time to seriously consider updating your client. Skype said in a blog post:
At Skype, we’re committed to creating the best possible app experience for our users. This is why we’ve been focusing our efforts on transitioning Skype from peer-to-peer to a modern, mobile-friendly cloud architecture.
It goes without saying, but we cannot wait for you to get your hands on the latest version of Skype and let us know what you think. We’ve poured our energy and passion into creating something truly special, and this is just the beginning.
Microsoft also added a few improvements to the program, including:
- Redesigned infrastructure, meaning a better, more consistent user experience
- Built to be faster, more lightweight and more responsive than ever
- Mobile group video calling
- Group video messaging
- Video message saving
- Cloud file sharing (up to 300 MB)
Once you download the latest Skype version, the program will automatically sync your account information including your password, contacts and conversation history. Skype is available to download directly from its web portal.