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Microsoft is Drop Kicking Modern UI Version of Skype for Windows

No more multiple Skype versions for Windows users

If you’re using the Windows Store version of Skype with the modern UI interface, be advised that beginning July 7, the program will cease to exist. That’s because Microsoft is retiring the Windows Store version in favor of the desktop build, the company announced in a blog post today.

“With the upcoming release of Windows 10 for PCs, it makes sense to use the Skype application optimized for mouse and keyboards use, capable of doing touch as well rather than 2 separate applications performing the same function,” Microsoft said.

You can download the desktop version of Skype here. Otherwise, if you try to sign into Skype using the old version once July 7 rolls around, you’ll be directed to download the desktop application anyway.

Your same username and password will work — it’s basically a change in app appearance only, as Microsoft is looking to simplify things by having a single version rather than two. And it makes sense, considering that the Windows Store version was built with Windows 8 in mind, where you had separate interfaces for the modern UI and desktop. That’s no longer the case in Windows 10.

The sole exception to this is Windows RT tablet owners — your version of Skype will remain the same.

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