Microsoft to retire ‘Modern’ Skype app next month

Microsoft today said it would retire the “Modern,” née “Metro,” app for Skype in less than four weeks, abandoning it for the more traditional Windows desktop application.

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“We’re simplifying your PC experience down to one app that you can use either with your mouse and keyboard or with touch,” said Aga Guzik, the lead for desktop product marketing at Luxembourg-based Skype, Microsoft’s instant message, audio and video chat service. “Starting on July 7, we’re updating PC users of the Windows modern application to the Windows desktop application, and retiring the modern application.”

As of July 7, any user of the Modern version of Skype will be automatically redirected to the desktop edition download. Customers who bought a Surface or Surface 2 tablet — the discontinued devices that ran the failed Windows RT operating system — can continue to use the Modern app. Windows RT does not support Win32 desktop applications.

Not surprisingly, Guzik spun the change as good for customers. “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 two separate applications performing the same function,” she said.

The move, however, is a surrender of sorts for Microsoft: The company had pinned hope on its Metro/Modern app model, which was a major part of its pitch for 2012’s Windows 8 and the next year’s Windows 8.1.

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Updated: June 11, 2015 — 4:57 pm

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