As you may recall, Skype announced in July of 2018 that they were rolling out an updated version of Skype for desktop. It was intended to replace Skype version 7, which is also called Classic Skype. It turns out that Microsoft has decided to extend support for Skype 7 for “some time”.
Skype 8 had a bunch of new features added to in, including call recording – something very important for podcasters who use Skype for their shows. The feature would enable podcasters to record a show through Skype without having to use third-party recording software.
When Skype announced the rollout of Skype 8, they said that only Skype version 8.0 would work after September 1, 2018. This gave users the opportunity to update their version of Skype and try it out. It appears that many Skype users were dissatisfied with Skype 8.0, and wanted Skype 7.0 back.
On August 6, 2018, Microsoft Agent Forum Owner Babs replied to a post left on the Microsoft website. The post was titled: “Skype 7 (Skype classic) to be discontinued soon.” The post included a link to the blog post about the roll out of Skype 8.
Microsoft Agent Forum Owner Babs posted the following update:
Based on customer feedback, we are extending support for Skype 7 (Skype classic) for some time. Our customers can continue to use Skype classic until then. Thanks for all your comments – we are listening. Watch this space.
I’ve searched the forum, looking for updates, but haven’t seen any. There doesn’t appear to be any specific information about how long Skype 7 will remain available. But for now, if prefer Skype 7 to Skype 8, you can still use it for your podcast. Hang on to your third-party recording software for a while.