Like many of you, when Microsoft decided to drop their Windows 8 – which eventually became Windows 8.1 – that whole Modern design was a complete disaster. Many of the apps would switch you around to the desktop version which proved that the Modern design for desktops was completely useless and ill-advised. The latest casualty of the design – Skype.
Microsoft announced late this week that they will be “retiring” the modern application and redirecting desktop owners to download the desktop version of Skype. Although, if you have a desktop, and you use Skype, chances are that you already use the desktop version of it anyway. However, if you are using the app, starting on July 7th, you will only have one option for the service.
“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 in a blog post.
According to the post, if you are already using the desktop version (which you should) you will not have to do anything. Also, if you are running a Windows RT tablet device, there will be no change for you either.
One important piece of information, buried at the bottom of the post was about Skype coming to Windows 10. It is a forgone conclusion that it will be coming but it seems that a native app will not be ready for the release of the operating system next month.
“Don’t worry we will begin rolling out the apps to get your feedback later this year,” Microsoft said. “This way if you want to quickly make a call or send a message you can use task based apps and for those of you power users who like the advantages of the all in one app, you can pick what’s right for you.”
The “retiring” of the modern version just proved what was wrong with the whole Windows 8/8.1 interface from the get-go. Trying to develop a operating system that would work on a touchscreen interface was a nice idea but forcing people with a keyboard and mouse was silly. The concept should have had two options from the on-set, as we have said many times before, but Windows 10 seems to curb that mistake somewhat.