Skype will End Support for Classic Skype in November

Skype has updated its blog post titled “Upgrade to the latest version of Skype”. The main thing to know is that support for Skype version 7 (also known as Classic Skype) and all previous versions of Skype, will end on November 1, 2018 on desktop and on November 15, 2018, on mobile and tablet devices.

Skype very much wants people to stop using the older versions of Skype and begin using Skype 8. The blog post states: “Although you may be able to use older versions for a little while, we encourage you to update today to avoid any interruption.”

Skype has received feedback about the problems with Skype 8, and has released information about things they are working on to fix issues they identify as the features most requested by users. To me, it feels like the features Skype is working on are probably useful for those who use Skype to record business meetings and calls.

I think that the audio quality in Skype 8 might be sufficient for business purposes. Unfortunately, it’s not ideal for podcast recording. I find it frustrating that there isn’t anything in Skype’s “to do” list that indicates they will make the recording quality in Skype suitable for the multitude of podcasters who have been using Skype for so many years.

Personally, I know of one podcast that is currently having issues with the audio quality of the show recordings that were made through Skype 8. I’m also aware of another that ditched Skype altogether in favor of using Discord for recording their shows. A host from that podcast recently tweeted something indicating that they found Discord to be a vast improvement over Skype 8.

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