Microsoft has announced March 1 as the deadline for the users to move to the latest version of skype clients of the desktop, explaining that users will not be able to log in beyond this date.
The termination of the old skype versions comes as a part of the company's shift to a more advanced fuctions for VoIP platform featuring such as video message saving, cloud file sharing and mobile group calling.
Users which will be impacted by the decision are on windown and Mac, and company stated that updating to the latest versions is the only way to continue using the service without interruption.
Microsoft explains :
Because we want to provide our users with the best possible skype experience, necessary changes must be made along the way. So beginning March, users running older versions of Skype for Windows desktop (7.16 or below) or Skype for Mac (7.0 to 7.18) will no longer be able to sign in. If you're one of those users, all you need to do is download the new update.
As far the Windows 10 are concerned, Microsoft decision for killing older versions should not impact them as Operating system comes with a built-in Skype preview universal app.
Overall it is good that Microsoft is rendering the older versions of Skype, reason is simple that for moving to a modern infrastructure that allows for so many new features.