Microsoft to retire ‘Modern’ Skype app next month

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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.

“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.”

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Microsoft expands Skype Translator beta

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Microsoft has expanded the beta of Skype Translator, the real-time translation service demonstrated last fall, to all interested testers.

Skype Translator translates both sides of a video chat conversation to and from English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin. It also translates text chat content in another 44 languages, including Arabic, Dutch, Japanese, Russian and Swedish.

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