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Microsoft Retiring Modern Skype App and Planning Live Translator Capability

June 23, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Guardian Liberty Voice

Microsoft Corporation announced in a blog post on Thursday, June 12, that it will be removing the touch-friendly modern Skype app, opting to support the desktop app instead. Windows 8 users will also have to switch to the desktop version of Skype as this change goes into effect July 7. All other versions of the Skype app will no longer exist once the modern app is officially removed.

Microsoft Corporation will be disappointing those who use Skype on smartphones, tablets, PCs, and Windows 8. Note: Windows RT tablet owners' version of Skype will not be changing.

Microsoft Corporation says that with the release of Windows 10 on July 29, it is more realistic to use the version of the Skype app that has been developed specifically for using a mouse and a keyboard, while also still being touch-screen capable. It makes more sense than using two apps for the same thing. Microsoft Corporation wants to optimize all apps for the use of a mouse and a keyboard as well as touch-screen. Skype is the first app to go through this process.

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