Update the back end of Skype 7 to make it compatible with Skype 8.
One of the justifications offered for forcing the update from Skype 7 to Skype 8 is that Skype 7 is less secure and is not compliant with the GDPR data handling regulations.
Neither of these things affects the user interface in any way whatsoever.
The server infrastructure for Skype 8 has been updated to cope with these new requirements.
The "back end" of the Skype client, which handles message storage and transmission, has been updated in Skype 8, but Skype 8 is still sorely lacking in basic UI functionality.
The Skype 7 back end should be updated to use the same transmission and storage mechanisms as Skype 8, without changing the UI. This keeps the Skype 7 client running while also conforming to GDPR.
The Skype 7 client can then be kept running until Skype 8 is a suitable replacement.
Nicolas Keim commented
Skype 8 is horrible. I had to quit using it because it never works. Every time I used Skype 7 I could call every time and it would WORK every time but now i'm lucky if it will work at all when I start a call. Its horrible. If they can't get this fixed I'm no longer using Skype as a decent way to call text ect.
Skype 8 is a piece of JUNK. Skype 7 clasic was the best and much simpler to use. Microshaft is so far out to lunch.
Love the pop-up I just received: How likely would you be to recommend Skype to a friend or colleague? Big fat ZERO is my answer.
Why did you pick that score? Skype 8 is a piece of JUNK
Volta para o skype 7 esse skype 8 ficou um lixo, uma bosta, uma merda pior programa que já vi na vida esse lixo, seus fdp, já estragaram o minecraft agora o skype também porra.............
Marc Su. commented
That ******** GDPR stuff has nothing to do with an app itself, it is the COMPANY who is responsible for that. So, whatever version you use, THAT was not the reason! The ONLY reason for this new **** version is that they want to enter the anti-social media world with Skype, in which they will fail. This is also the reason they added 'suggested' contact bt default, on your side and others, so YOU don NOT control that! A real violation of privacy, enabled by default! They lying to us and are not even ashamed about it!
I'm sorry, but Micro$oft added the noncompliant portion to Skype. Moving it to a bloated electron code was not the solution.
If you can not return version 7 on Windows XP, then at least leave the possibility of voice calls (without video)?
OS Windows XP. There is no communication with subscribers, because Skype on this OS no longer works. Now parents cannot communicate with their relatives, and there is no opportunity to change the computer or reinstall the new system to an old car. You gave the elderly an invaluable opportunity to communicate with their relatives, and in a flash you selected. Please, is it really not possible if you do not return version 7 on Windows XP, then at least leave the possibility of voice calls (without video)?
Hate the new version of Skype, and fully agree that they need to bring back the ability to use Skype 7 (aka Skype Classic).
The new UI and reduced features back Skype 8 a step backwards, it is far from an improvement regardless of what people at Microsoft would like to believe.
NO!!! I installed skype 18.104.22.168 and it still forced me to update to skype 8!!!
Skype team - why are you trying to make us angry?
Please, return skype V7 - let us install and use it!
Has anyone tested it - doesn't Microsoft force us to update after installing Skype 22.214.171.124 anymore?
Skype 126.96.36.199 alive now
I'm surely not seeing anything that makes me think Skype 7 and 8 have different backends.
If you use Skype version 188.8.131.52 you get a weird message that says something is wrong with your version but can otherwise connect and work (not yet tested extensively but messages sent with version 8 were actually received on this version 7)
Maybe I've got something wrong but AFAICT the backends are the same only the client is different, otherwise they would have just shut the whole thing down thus making use of version 7 really impossible.
Neil OHara commented
I have no plans to use the new Skype until it has the features I need. Multiple window chat and contact lists are the 2 key features and stop with the huge wastes of space I want a compact view to see as much as i can of a conversation and contacts.
Having promulgated the Microsoft message for many years as a programmer in a sea of Linux and iOS developers I do feel very let down by the evidence here. I am a firm believer in 'first derivatives' - that is "It's not where you are that matters but the direction you are going".
In this respect Microsoft are doing badly.
As with many Microsoft users; I have a mature attitude to programs and have always applauded Microsoft for keeping many routes to functionality, a good example being Word with ribbon controls, templates, and other new features whilst retaining Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V features. This wide ranging user interface (suitable for novice and expert) is one of their great achievements.
In this respect it is hard to ignore the general trend towards a "Skype for babies" which is prevailing. Little things like desire to minimise windows and have many of them (after all 'Windows' is Microsoft's flagship), down to the inability for me to be trusted to 'add' a new word to the dictionary.
I don't want to insult Microsoft's planning or staffing, and I appreciate that large firms have huge inertia when it comes to outwardly simple changes; nevertheless, I truly hope that they see the wrong direction they are clearly going on this.
Maybe nobody listens, but this is on record and the new CEO may care, and may use this to fire management for not caring. Not knowing or not having seen this would no longer be an excuse for management.
i think that the guys from skype laugh about our comments, maybe they are not even read them, nobody skype official representatives answer something, then what we expect to give us back skype 7.x ?
Skype7 still connects to the servers and works great. Microsoft saying otherwise is a lie to justify forcing the upgrade to 8. Most likely some tech guy there trying to justify his worthless existence for ruining an otherwise decent program.
Moving to Jitsi Meet. Great vid-chat online solution that works better than skype ever did anyway.
Switching to Jitsi Meet for quick easy vid-chats. It was all I used skype for anymore anyway. Happy to donate my leftover skype balance/credit to a needy cause if anyone has a good suggestion?
They keep saying that skype7 can no longer connect to the servers. Total lie. I have one computer that is still using Skype7 and for whatever reason has gotten around the forced update. Unfortunately I cannot recreate it on my other PC's.
I HATE the new Skype!
J.C. van Nieuwkerk commented
Please UI 7 for desktop! 8 is not usable...