Skype’s Modern Windows Touch App to be Retired, Only the Desktop App Will Remain

By: Radu Tyrsina
2 minute read

We must admit that there’s been a huge mess with Skype since Windows 8 has been released. Almost all of my friends have been complaining that the touch version of the app is just horrible. And now it seems that Microsoft agrees with that.
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Microsoft’s Skype team has made it official on the official website of the software that they are planning to retire the touch version of Skype, which was introduced with the release of Windows 8, and will stick to a single one once Windows 10 gets released.

Micorsoft said it is ‘simplifying the PC experience down to one app that you can use either with your mouse and keyboard or with touch‘. I wonder if the actual desktop version of Skype will get any serious tweaking, because no matter how much you hated the touch version, it was still better optimized for tablets and hybrid Windows devices. This better not be a big mistake from Microsoft, as they are currently on a positive trend among users.

Thus, starting on July 7, PC users of the Windows modern application will be updated to the Windows desktop application, but I’m curious as to how is that going to happen. Skype’s team further adds that as Windows 10’s release is getting closer, it ‘makes sense to use the Skype application optimized for mouse and keyboards use, capable of doing touch as well rather than 2 separate applications performing the same function‘. I can’t say that I disagree with them, I just wonder why it took them so long to realize this?

After that date, if you will try to access the modern application on PCs will be automatically directed to download the desktop application. However, Microsoft didn’t say what will happen to the touch Skype app for those who have downloaded it. Most likely, it won’t receive any updates, so users will be forced to switch to the desktop one. But what about those who will miss this announcement, won’t they become targets for hackers?

When you will switch to the desktop version, all of your contacts and conversations from last 30 days will be available. Skype’s team also informed that Skype built into Messaging, Phone and Skype video will be rolling out the apps later this year.

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