I'm on macOS High Sierra with no interest in updating further at this time.

In Skype, I regularly get notifications of updates being available, which I ignore unless I have a personal issue that would be resolved in the update. Too many times I've been burned by updating Skype only to have a new version be a disaster. I'm currently running version

Today, I noticed a new message for the first time... rather than an update being available, I'm being told essentially that I must update:

Get the latest update to continue using Skype

It's like MSFT is trying to scare people into updating. Is my version of Skype going to stop working by April 2020?


Are you required to update Skype or it will stop working? Yes.

From their Support FAQ

Do I have to update to the latest version? Yes. Support for Skype version 7 and below will end on November 1, 2018 on desktop devices and November 15, 2018 on mobile and tablet devices. When support ends, we’ll begin requiring updates to the latest version

I know this first hand as I had a VM with an old snap shot that had an out of date Skype client - 8.1, I believe. It didn’t connect until I updated it. Additionally, I ran across this thread on the Microsoft Forums.

Why does Skype stop working after MINOR update? For example, several days ago I updated Skype to version 8.27 at several computers. Today Skype stops running at those computers because version 8.28 was releasing.

Generally speaking, Microsoft has changed its update policy to make sure everyone is running the latest and greatest. Most of the time it works, but I still prefer to be in control. I can’t tell you how many times I updated my laptop the night before a presentation only to be presented with an updating screen just as I was about to present or demo.

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  • But I am not running Skype 7 or below. And I'm in total agreement with you... too many times a Skype "upgrade" has completely borked me in some way at the worst moment which is why I avoid them entirely unless I must. I do the same with my OS updates (other than core security patches) – JVC Feb 18 at 15:17
  • I didn’t say, Skype 7 or below. I referenced v8.1. The only place that 7 was mentioned was the FAQ in reference to classic Skype. After v8, you must upgrade to the latest version. – Allan Feb 18 at 15:29
  • Strange since I've been on Skype 8 for quite a while now and have never seen this specific message. In the past updates have always been available, but nothing sounded forced. This message is new to me which prompted the question. Oh well I guess I'll just update and prepare for headaches. – JVC Feb 18 at 15:32

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