FYI Older Versions Of Skype May Stop Working Soon

Over the past couple of years, the Skype team at Microsoft has been “transitioning Skype from peer-to-peer to a modern, mobile-friendly cloud architecture”. These changes have added a number of new features and improvements.

Improved quality and better performance:

  • Redesigned infrastructure, meaning a better, more consistent user experience
  • Built to be faster, more lightweight and more responsive than ever

More ways to stay in touch:

  • Mobile group video calling
  • Group video messaging
  • Video message saving
  • Cloud file sharing (up to 300 MB)

At the same times, with improvements come changes, and tech changes usually mean someone is going to be left behind. In this case, based on a blog post from the Skype team

So, beginning March 1, users running older versions of Skype for Windows desktop (7.16 and below) or Skype for Mac (7.0 to 7.18) will no longer be able to sign in. If you’re one of those users, all you’ll need to do is download the new update.

How To Check Your Version Of Skype

For those running on a new computer (2 years of newer), you are most likely running one of the newer versions of Skype.  However, if you are one of those who believes “my computer works just fine for me” and are still using the old faithful pc, you may not have the newest version.

In either case, to check what version of Skype you are running from the top of the Skype windows click on Help -> About Skype.

The window that opens will show you the version of Skype you are running.  You are looking for a number higher than 7.16 for Windows, and 7.18 for Mac.


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