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Microsoft will keep Skype Classic alive – for now

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Last month, Microsoft announced that it was killing off (opens in new tab) Skype 7 (also known as Skype Classic) and shifting all users over to the slick new Skype 8 (opens in new tab). Unfortunately for the company, many users were vocally displeased (opens in new tab) by being forced to upgrade, and it has now backtracked and vowed to keep the older program alive for the foreseeable future.

Most complaints involved Skype 8's new user interface and visual tweaks intended to bring it more in line with the Skype mobile app. Other users lamented the loss of multi-window support, the ability to configure webcam settings, and the option to clear the whole call history.

Call back later

"Based on user feedback, we are extending Skype 7 (Skype classic) for some time," a company spokesperson said in a forum post (opens in new tab). "Our customers can continue to use Skype classic until then.

"Thanks for all your comments – we are listening. We are working to bring all the features you've asked for into Skype 8. Watch this space."

Microsoft had planned give Skype classic the chop on September 1, but hasn't given any estimate of how long it'll now be supported.

That said, Microsoft isn't pulling Skype 8, and you can still upgrade (opens in new tab) if you fancy giving the redesigned interface a try. If you're interested in seeing what's coming up in future versions (and offering feedback), you can also join the Skype Insider Program (opens in new tab) to try preview builds and offer your suggestions.

Via The Verge (opens in new tab)

Cat Ellis
Cat Ellis

Cat is the editor of TechRadar's sister site Advnture. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better)