Microsoft announced on Friday that users running older versions of Skype will no longer be able to sign in beginning March 1.
This includes users for Windows desktop (7.16 and below) or Skype for Mac (7.0 to 7.18). These users will have to download a new update to continue using the messaging service.
The company said that changes are necessary and must be made along the way because it wants to provide users with the best possible Skype experience.
It said that the company has been focusing efforts to transition Skype from peer-to-peer to a modern and mobile-friendly cloud architecture.
The new update has some new features and improvements including improved quality and better performance and a redesigned infrastructure.
This is meant to provide a better and more consistent user experience. It is also built to be faster, lightweight and more responsive.
There are more ways to stay in touch including mobile group video calling, group video messaging, video message saving and cloud file sharing up to 300 MB.
Users’ account information will automatically and securely sync to the latest update including password, contacts and even conversation history.
There users are just one download away from discovering new ways to connect to the people and to get their hands on the latest version of Skype.