Microsoft kills the classic version of Skype for Windows 7 and 8.1 due to a critical security failure very difficult to solve
This week, a security flaw was discovered in Skype , one so critical that it could allow an attacker to take control of the entire operating system simply by exploiting a bug in the Microsoft messaging client .
The worst of this news is that the problem is so complicated to solve that it would require a massive rewrite of the Skype code. Microsoft said that they could not resolve the bug immediately because it would require a lot of work, so they have taken the following action: eliminate the Skype downloads for Windows 7 and 8.1
This is the classic version of Skype, which does not have the strange identity crisis with the new design that not many people have received with open arms precisely. If you are one of those who keep that version of Skype, you could lose access to the service soon.
We do not know yet if when Microsoft manages to solve the bug they will re-enable classic Skype downloads, but considering that it is “the old experience”, it would make sense to leave that Skype behind and focus on the new version that does not have any faults. of critical security (of which we know) that makes it unusable at the moment.
If you use Windows 10 this problem does not even affect you , because that version of Windows has its own Skype available only in the Microsoft Store and it does not even have the new design. That for now is only for macOS, Linux and those who have decided to replace the classic Skype Windows 7 and 8 / 8.1 with this new version.
If something is clear from this, it is that there are too many different versions of Skype.