Today, Microsoft has announced that it will be “retiring” older versions of Skype for Windows and Mac OS X and is encouraging users to update as soon as possible.
The company looks to “retire” version 6.13 and earlier for Windows and version 6.14 and earlier for Mac OS X. The company is not clear whether the earlier versions will simply stop working or whether they will no longer be supported, but it will most likely be the latter.
“All users are encouraged to update to the latest version today to continue using Skype without disruption.”
Here is a list of some improvements that users will be able to enjoy after updating to the latest version:
- Sending and receiving instant messages when your contacts are offline
- Viewing consistent and complete chat history across multiple devices
- Syncing read/unread status on all messages across devices
If you are using an older version of Skype, you can download the latest version for Windows or Mac from this link. Select the appropriate version of Skype to match your operating system, follow the setup instructions, and then sign into Skype to continue right where you left off.
Over the past couple of months, the software giant has introduced a number of improvements for Skype on the desktop, and even Skype for mobile. Skype for iPhone was updated to version 5.0 this past week, bringing a new faster and easier to use user interface.
Skype for iPhone is available as a free download from the App Store.