Skype yearns to offer the best possible video calling and messaging experience to its users. Not only does it introduce new features to its app from time to time but also keeps a check over it reaping benefits. In a similar fashion, Microsoft has today said that it’ll disable older versions of Skype for Windows desktop (7.16 and below) and Skype for Mac (7.0 to 7.18), beginning from March 1. Users running these versions will no longer be able to sign in.
To use the services further, a user will have to update to the latest version of the app. In the official blog post, the company states,
It goes without saying, but we cannot wait for you to get your hands on the latest version of Skype and let us know what you think. We’ve poured our energy and passion into creating something truly special, and this is just the beginning.
The older versions of the app i.e from version 7.18 of Skype for Mac and version 7.16 of Skype for Windows, were rolled out just a year ago, somewhere around December 2015. Thus, the versions can’t be called as old enough.
The latest versions of Skype now operate on a redesigned infrastructure, providing users enhanced responsiveness. The software will also support features like mobile group video calling, group video messaging, video message saving and cloud file sharing (up to 300 MB).
Skype is currently engaged in refining its Skype calling API. The successful development of this API will allow bots to participate in voice calls with customers. These bots will not only resolve customer issues but will also send rich media cards, enterprise leverage videos, audio, and GIFs into chat conversations. Thus, delivering a richer customer interaction experience.
It has already partnered with Expedia to build a bot that’ll search for hotels, book a room, manage reservations, and confirm or cancel hotels and flights. Though there have been no word on the integration of this bot on the popular messaging/video platform.
For now, all you have to do is update to the latest version to resume the video calling services. The blog post further added,
Take advantage of the free update today. Your account information will automatically and securely sync to the latest update, including your password, contacts and even your conversation history.