Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) just announced it is replacing the classic desktop Skype (7.0) with a host of new features which resemble the mobile version. With Skype 8.25, Microsoft says it has improved the usability and performance to help users stay connected.
The move to 8.25 comes a little over a year after Microsoft made Skype Preview available on Windows 10 with version 8.0. In that time, the company has been testing the new additions and 8.25 is now ready for the public. Users will have until September 1 to switch.
With over 300 million active monthly users around the world, Skype has become a reliable communications solution for small businesses. The free and paid versions can bring together anywhere from two to hundreds of people together for conferences and collaborations.
However, Skype hasn’t been increasing its user base as competition from Slack and others have entered the market with more business features. In the consumer sector, Apple’s FaceTime and Facebook’s Messenger and WhatsApp have the lion’s share of texting and video chatting both on mobile and desktops.
The official Skype blog says the changes are in part made after feedback from its users. The blog goes on to say, “We built Skype version 8.0 based on feedback from our com