Microsoft has announced that users must download the latest Skype update if they want to continue using the service beyond this month.
Desktop users running Skype version 7.16 and older on Windows or version 7.18 on Mac will not be able to login into the service from March 1st, Microsoft said.
Microsoft hasn’t exactly given users a great deal of notice about the requirement to update, given that it only released its most recent version of Skype on February 3.
The company announced the news in a post on its official blog.
“At Skype, we’re committed to creating the best possible app experience for our users,” the company said.
“This is why we’ve been focusing our efforts on transitioning Skype from peer-to-peer to a modern, mobile-friendly cloud architecture.
“Because we want to provide our users with the best possible Skype experience, necessary changes must be made along the way. So, beginning March 1, users running older versions of Skype for Windows desktop (7.16 and below) or Skype for Mac (7.0 to 7.18) will no longer be able to sign in.”
Microsoft has said that the new update will help to provide a better user experience, adding that the new update is “faster, more lightweight and more responsive than ever”.
You can download the latest version of Skype here.
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