Microsoft killing off metro skype app, retaining desktop app

Microsoft is Retiring Metro Skype App and Retaining Skype Desktop App

According to a Skype blog post, this decision is taken to enhance and simplify the user experience.

From July 7 onwards, Skype desktop app will be the only option available for Windows users as the Metro app is being killed off. Users of Metro Skype app on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 will be asked to switch back to the desktop app.

Skype is hopeful that users won’t miss the Metro app too much as they can use the desktop app with mouse, keyboard and touch, deriving a much better experience. The Metro app also lacks features like screen sharing and group video which are present in the desktop version.

For those who are not aware, there are currently two versions of Skype app available for users. The first one is that old desktop Skype app which is commonly used by Windows users, and the Metro Skype app that works only in Metro environment. Although Windows 10 will allow all the Metro apps to run on the desktop, Microsoft has still decided to retire its Metro Skype app.

Introducing the Metro Skype app, which is a Universal Windows app, was a move that slightly went wrong for Microsoft, as there is was really no need of keeping two apps that are pretty similar.


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