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Skype Modern UI Upgrade – Touch App Download


Microsoft wants to simplify the PC experience down to one application that will be used with touch or with mouse and keyboard. So, starting from July 7, Microsoft will retire the modern application and will make the Windows desktop version the main Skype application.

The reason why Microsoft wants to optimize Skype for mouse and keyboard use and to be capable to support touch is because, soon enough, the final version of Windows 10 will be released for PCs and there’s no need to have two separate applications performing the same function.

Skype’s Modern app was used in Windows 8 and came with some features that weren’t added to the desktop version, but along with the release of the new operating system, the application will offer a better user experience, but they will need to forget about the modern UI version and get used to the traditional and universal application.

The version of Skype for Windows 8 had a metro design user interface, but Microsoft changed its name to “modern design”, after a dispute with a German retailer. But the interesting part was that the computers running on Windows 8 were able to run both of the Skype versions: the modern and the desktop apps, and the users were a bit confused.

That’s why Microsoft decided to correct this confusion, and until July 7, the users will need to make the transition to the Skype app which will be optimized for keyboard and mouse or touch, and they will download the version from the official website. Once they’ll move to the new version, the users will have all their conversations from the last 30 days.

If you’ve already downloaded Skype for Windows desktop, you can continue to chat with your friends without doing anything else. Also, the users who have a Windows RT tablet won’t need to download the new version.

Microsoft wrote on the official blog that Skype will begin to be rolled out as built-in feature in messaging, calling and video functions in the new operating system, Windows 10.