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Confirming reports that Skype no longer works with older versions of Apple's OS X, Microsoft on Thursday announced it has ended support for Macs running OS X 10.5.8 Leopard or earlier in Skype's most recent version, though a Leopard-specific variant is on the way.



Update: A Microsoft spokesperson told AppleInsider on Friday that a version of Skype aimed at Leopard users "will soon be available for download."

Starting last week, Skype users began to complain on the company's forum that they were being locked out from accessing the popular voice over IP service, reports TUAW. As complaints mounted, it was guessed that Skype was no longer operational on Macs running older versions of OS X.

Microsoft today confirmed the change in service (albeit in a roundabout way) in an answer to a question regarding Skype compatibility with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, which will for now remain unaffected.

Skype message board staff member Rene writes:

Hi everyone,

there seems to be a lot of confusion around this. First, let me assure you that no-one is locking you out from using Skype on OS X 10.6 - 10.8 and there is no need to upgrade to Mavericks or (the new OS X now in dev preview) Yosemite if you don't want to.

All OS X 10.6 - 10.8 users can head over to http://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-mac/downloading/ and get version 6.15. This is a very solid release and you can still use all of the main features without any problems (i.e. group video, group chats, screen sharing etc).

Note that you should only use the link above, it serves you with a correct update for your OS version, direct links (to DMG files) can work, but are not guaranteed to do so.

That said, we still encourage you to stay up to date, meaning upgrading to Mavericks and getting the latest Skype.

Hope this clarifies things a bit.

If you have problems updating, please let us know in this thread and I'll try to help you.


For reference, Apple's OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard requires only that a Mac have an Intel processor to run, meaning machines that are absolutely unable to run Skype under the new policy are some eight years old.

For those with older Macs, industrious users have fashioned workarounds, including a method of blocking the software's update mechanism from connecting with update servers, though these bootstrapped solutions are hit-or-miss.

In June, Microsoft said it would "retire" older versions of Skype for both Mac and Windows over the next few months, forcing current users to upgrade to the latest builds for uninterrupted service. At the time, the company noted users with Skype for Mac (6.13 and below) and Skype for Windows (6.14 and below) would be unable to log in until they update.

The latest version of Skype for Mac is 6.19 and which can be downloaded for free from the company's website.
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Bummer.

 

What's Skype?

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It's a multi-platform telecommunications service that -- unlike FaceTime -- covers a wide range of system configurations and devices.

 

In a way, it's the voice equivalent of e-mail.

 

It is heavily used for business and international communications where multiple users relying on a variety of systems need a common communications platform.

 

If you are not employed in position that requires you to communicate to foreigners or to business folk in general, it is possible that you may not have found much use for services such as Skype.

 

It's not the most sophisticated way to contact another person online on this planet, but it is realistically one of the lowest common denominators, which makes it quite relevant.

 

Now if you have never left your province and you only communicate to Mum, Dad, your siblings, a few mates, and your boss at the fast food hamburger stand maybe you will not need Skype.

 

Like any other productivity oriented app, Skype is a tool that serves audiences that need the service's robust flexibility.

 

At this point, I suggest you visit the Skype website (www.skype.com) to learn more about its capabilities.


Edited by mpantone - 8/7/14 at 8:35pm
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It's a multi-platform telecommunications service that -- unlike FaceTime -- covers a wide range of system configurations and devices.

 

In a way, it's the voice equivalent of e-mail.

 

It is heavily used for business and international communications where multiple users relying on a variety of systems need a common communications platform.

 

If you are not employed in position that requires you to communicate to foreigners or to business folk in general, it is possible that you may not have found much use for services such as Skype.

 

It's not the most sophisticated way to contact another person online on this planet, but it is realistically one of the lowest common denominators, which makes it quite relevant.

 

Now if you have never left your province and you only communicate to Mum, Dad, your siblings, a few mates, and your boss at the fast food hamburger stand maybe you will not need Skype.

 

Like any other productivity oriented app, Skype is a tool that serves audiences that need the service's robust flexibility.

 

At this point, I suggest you visit the Skype website (www.skype.com) to learn more about its capabilities.


I think the person who asked is saying that... like a lot of other people, Skype, like e-mail, has become irrelevant. Google Hangouts and FaceTime has replaced a lot of the communication that I usually need to do.  I usually have people trying to contact me to chat all day on Skype (complete strangers) so I don't turn it on unless the people on the other end schedule a call.  But like I said... Hangouts is much better.

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And in other news, Mac OS 9 is no longer being supported.
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I think the person who asked is saying that... like a lot of other people, Skype, like e-mail, has become irrelevant. Google Hangouts and FaceTime has replaced a lot of the communication that I usually need to do.  I usually have people trying to contact me to chat all day on Skype (complete strangers) so I don't turn it on unless the people on the other end schedule a call.  But like I said... Hangouts is much better.

I suppose I deal with too many old timers and people from Asia in my work life where Skype remains the lowest common denominator. Like you I don't run Skype unless we have a call planned beforehand.

 

Hangouts is better tech (I'm a longtime Google Voice user myself) but it doesn't help when the other guys aren't using it and I'm not about to spend hours of my time teaching someone else's sales/marketing person how to use the latest/greatest tech (which will probably be different in a year anyhow).

 

Admittedly, my employer still maintains telephone numbers, a mailbox, and a fax number. Perhaps some people can get by and ditch all that stuff.

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Gave up on Skype years ago. Now it's all either Google Hangouts or FaceTime. I really want to have multi-party videoconferencing on my iPad with FaceTime so I can drop Hangouts.

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iMessages and Facetime is great if everyone you know is an Apple-Bot. 

Unfortunately I am forced to sometimes interact with non-Apple Bots.  And although I feel very sorry for them because they are poor and stupid, I can enjoy the knowledge that I am able to lower myself to their level temporarily in order to communicate at their level.

Much like I can woof at my dog, I can Skype with unemployed Android users and disfigured Microsoft Shills.

Hey, if everyone could afford an iPhone, I wouldn't feel superior!  And I'd have to compete on looks or weight or something I can't compete on.

All of my friends and family have Apple products. Choose your friends wisely.

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You're out of your effing mind if you think Email has become obsolete. The person who says this has never worked in Silicon Valley.
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Its a shame that using a PPC Mac is less and less viable. I mean it was bound to happen and when you think about it, the last PPC Mac was released in 2006 which is now 8 years ago. 

 

Changing topics... for Intel Macs, iMessage and FaceTime are my preferred methods of chatting. I wish FaceTime was on Windows, so I could talk to my less fortunate friends (I have Skype but seldom use it) 


Edited by oldmacs - 8/7/14 at 10:38pm

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And in other news, Mac OS 9 is no longer being supported.

 

The horror.... the horror...

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I think the person who asked is saying that... like a lot of other people, Skype, like e-mail, has become irrelevant. Google Hangouts and FaceTime has replaced a lot of the communication that I usually need to do.  I usually have people trying to contact me to chat all day on Skype (complete strangers) so I don't turn it on unless the people on the other end schedule a call.  But like I said... Hangouts is much better.

Well I guess our computer use is irrelevant, but it does our job !
Email and Skype are heavily used here.
We communicate with users on several platforms, Apps unique to a specific OS don't do the job for us !

Social spyware Apps, like FaceBook, Twitter and Google have no place here. We view them as malware.
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What's Skype?

Perhaps they wanted to see the # of downloads increase; this was the easiest way. 1biggrin.gif
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All of my friends and family have Apple products. Choose your friends wisely.

Also choose your family wisely¡
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Its a shame that using a PPC Mac is less and less viable. I mean it was bound to happen and when you think about it, the last PPC Mac was released in 2006 which is now 8 years ago. 

Changing topics... for Intel Macs, iMessage and FaceTime are my preferred methods of chatting. I wish FaceTime was on Windows, so I could talk to my less fortunate friends (I have Skype but seldom use it) 

My last PPC Mac was bought in mid 2003, is still working 100% reliable.
It's used for my basic computing, like Email, basic web browsing, Photos and financial Apps because I regard it as more malware free.
My Intel Mac is for the more recent Apps supporting the iPhone, iPad and faster Web Browsing.
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My last PPC Mac was bought in mid 2003, is still working 100% reliable.
It's used for my basic computing, like Email, basic web browsing, Photos and financial Apps because I regard it as more malware free.
My Intel Mac is for the more recent Apps supporting the iPhone, iPad and faster Web Browsing.

OH don't get me wrong, they are still quite usable... i use my 2004 iBook a fair bit but its sad its becoming less and less viable with software support dropping. 

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I've used Skype, prior to FaceTime, It always bothered me the rubbish quality sound and video and constant dropouts even on fast broadband at both ends. Since Microsoft bought it it's unusable. How do they manage to turn everything they touch in to s**t or in this case s**te. I use FaceTime more and more as the PC die hards are buying iPads and iPhones so it's less of a problem to communicate.
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And although I feel very sorry for them because they are poor and stupid...

 

The ROFLcopter flew over my house when I read your post.

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After about 12 months of iOS 5.1 not connecting via iMessage, Apple fixed the back end and it started working two weeks ago.
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The ROFLcopter flew over my house when I read your post.

Looks like Apple][ has created a new account. Soon we'll see these accounts agree one another's post.
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...iOS 5.1...

That doesn't sound good.
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...Apple fixed the back end and it started working two weeks ago.

That sounds good.
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Skype version 2.8 was great:
Multiple windows of open chats that could me manually sorted, e.g. one for business, one for family, one for friends, one for temporary contacts, with people sorted by a mixture of importance, frequency of communication, etc.

Now there's only one window and everyone is alphabetically ordered. Too easy to send a business contact an "I love you" or a family member a "I never want to see you again"...

In short, with the GUI changes that came about when they assimilated the Mac version to the Windows version and synced the version numbers (skipping several major version numbers in the process going from 2.8 to 5.x directly), Skype morphed from something truly useful to something with the utility roughly corresponding to an old rotary phone. Pity, because Skype is pretty good getting through firewalls and was good for privacy until M$ pretty much sabotaged the P2P nature of Skype.

iMessage still doesn't properly sync dialog history among devices, nor does it integrate well with FaceTime, nor are they standardized and available on other platforms.

WhatsApp isn't working on iPad or desktop, Viber can't handle multiple phones, doesn't sync history etc.

In other words, with the demise of Skype, we officially have a friggin' mess.
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In other words, with the demise of Skype, we officially have a friggin' mess.

If you think that's bad, there's rumour that Chrome OS is about to cease the existence of tabs!

http://www.omgchrome.com/project-athena-unmasked-chrome-os-new-ui/
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All of my friends and family have Apple products. Choose your friends wisely.

 

There's this new thing you may not have heard of called "work", where you have to deal with all sorts of people from all over the place, with all kinds of technology.

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OH don't get me wrong, they are still quite usable... i use my 2004 iBook a fair bit but its sad its becoming less and less viable with software support dropping. 

I agree, and it's a shame that functionality is being removed, as these older, less expensive machines are still very useful to a good number of folks.  As I understand it, this isn't just a case of not being able to use the newest version of Skype, it's that even previously useful versions are locked out of the servers and no longer work.  And when their solution is "upgrade your hardware" it sounds almost like a conspiracy of forced-obsolescence. 

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It's refreshing to see Microsoft still remembers how to wield it's old monopolistic might
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All of my friends and family have Apple products. Choose your friends wisely.

That's fine and dandy. However, some of us actually have jobs that require us to communicate effectively with people across the globe.

 

Let's face it, Windows still is the de facto standard for enterprise deployed computers, thus FaceTime isn't an all-encompassing solution. Skype is -- as pointed out earlier -- the lowest common denominator.

 

Now if Mommy, Daddy and your pals in your D&D club are all Apple users, that's great. The world is a much larger place than your own little hermetically-sealed bubble though.

 

Frankly, I don't choose my friends based on what car they drive, what cellphone they carry, etc.

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Frankly, I don't choose my friends based on what car they drive, what cellphone they carry, etc.

 

Therein lies your problem. Discrimination has its benefits.

 

Oh wait, you weren't the one with a problem....  nevermind.  

 

/s.

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Originally Posted by mpantone View Post
It's a multi-platform telecommunications service that -- unlike FaceTime -- covers a wide range of system configurations and devices.

 

So it’s redundant, then.

 
In a way, it's the voice equivalent of e-mail.

 

Hopelessly outdated, using an architecture from the very beginning of the Internet, and superseded by far more capable, modern standards?

 

Sounds about right, actually.

 
Now if you have never left your province and you only communicate to Mum, Dad, your siblings, a few mates, and your boss at the fast food hamburger stand maybe you will not need Skype.

 

Aww, that’s cute. The Microsoft employee thinks that by insulting potential customers he can get a larger user base.

 

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Its a shame that using a PPC Mac is less and less viable. I mean it was bound to happen and when you think about it, the last PPC Mac was released in 2006 which is now 8 years ago. 

 

So… it’s not a shame, then.

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I use Skype daily to make actual telephone calls to international contacts. It is quite inexpensive compared to making a regular call. It is also quite handy to set up a local phone # here in the States so my US clients and friends can contact me toll free when I'm out of the country.

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So… it’s not a shame, then.

Well yes it is a shame. 

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Ahhh great, that explains that bloody phone call I got yesterday from a customer.

 

To be honest her machine is a mess and it really should be running Mavericks. :-)

 

Bloody old people not listening to what I say and just filling their machine full of duplicates.

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After about 12 months of iOS 5.1 not connecting via iMessage, Apple fixed the back end and it started working two weeks ago.

Good news!

Hope you enjoy upgrading to iOS 6 in 2020 if your heart can take the excitement.
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All of my friends and family have Apple products. Choose your friends wisely.

There's this new thing you may not have heard of called "work", where you have to deal with all sorts of people from all over the place, with all kinds of technology.

Choose your colleagues wisely.
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Originally Posted by Benjamin Frost View Post
Hope you enjoy upgrading to iOS 6 in 2020 if your heart can take the excitement.

 

Will the 13” iPad run iOS 6? I should hope I’m not waiting 6 more years for that.

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post #36 of 40
I sure hope they continue 10.6.8 support.
For reasons of our Mac not handling a later MacOS, plus need for PPC App support;
we can't upgrade to a later MacOS X version now.
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All of my friends and family have Apple products. Choose your friends wisely.

 

 

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Choose your colleagues wisely.

 

Apple data centers.  Choose your servers wisely.

 

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And in other news, Mac OS 9 is no longer being supported.

 

But the responses on this site will be different depending on who is dropping support, Apple or someone else.

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Hello, I appreciate your attempt at allowing old OS X versions to use Skype. Though the link you have posted above is not working. The link simply allows me to download the new version which does not work. This is incredibly frustrating! Could you please clarify how to download the 6.15. version. Thankyou
post #40 of 40
If you have a contact running Mac OS10.4 or 10.5 you can not use skype to communicate with them. They are forced into either dropping Skype and using an alternative or upgrading their hardware and they may not be in a position to do that.
It IS technically possible for Skype to make updates that work for all or produce a plugin - but will they?

Skype could easily produce a plugin which users of old versions could download (or even buy if Skype really want it that way) so as to enable persons stuck with older version of skype to work with both latest versions and older.

Steve Balmer has stated that Microsoft will continue to "invest in Skype on non-Microsoft client platforms". It looks like they are not keeping their promise.
Doing this could reduce the number of people moving away from Skype to other popular alternatives.
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