Skype 8.0 arrives to replace Classic: update before September 1

Microsoft has launched Skype 8.0, the latest desktop version set to replace Skype 7.0, also known as "Classic." The company is encouraging users to update to the newest version, warning that they have only until September 1 to make the transition. Once that date arrives, Skype Classic will stop working, forcing any remaining users to install version 8.0. The update is worth the effort, though, thanks to the numerous new features the latest version offers.

Skype 8.0 is a major update, adding numerous features with more promised to arrive in the near future. Upon updating, Skype users will have drag-and-drop file sharing functionality within the conversation window; up to 300MB of videos, photos, and other types can be shared simultaneously. As well, the latest version adds a chat media gallery that contains shared content from conversations, making it easier to find items without scrolling back through chat history.

Skype 8.0 likewise offers what Microsoft calls "more productive messaging," that thanks to new reactions within conversations. Users can "@" mention others within a chat, resulting in an alert delivered to that person so they can see the message. Users are able to find their @mentions within the notification center.

The new update brings 1080p HD video chatting and screen sharing with other users across all the platforms that Skype is available on. Microsoft is also promising additional features set to rollout some time later this summer, including new additions for the iPad: personalized themes, mentions, quoted message, and chat list, among other unspecified things.

iPad aside, the upcoming features will include read receipts, which recently arrived in the Skype Preview, as well as the ability to record calls, which alerts everyone on the call that it is being recorded. Version 8.0 will soon have group links and profile invites for people who don't yet have a Skype account. Microsoft also says it will introduce private conversations, which are end-to-end encrypted with Signal Protocol.

SOURCE: Skype Blog