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Skype promises Leopard-compatible client 'soon'

updated 03:07 pm EDT, Fri August 8, 2014

VoIP service continues coping with backlash

A version of Skype compatible with OS X Leopard is in development, a company spokesperson now says. "We have a Skype version for Mac OS X 10.5 users which will soon be available for download," the person states. The release will not however be compatible with anything older, such as OS X Tiger.

Skype ran into trouble this week when it dropped support for Leopard without warning. Although very few people are still using the OS, Skype was previously functional on it. And in some cases, users' Macs may not meet the requirements of more recent OS X releases like Mavericks or even Snow Leopard.




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  1. Jeronimo2000

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    Joined: 08-20-01

    So, what they'll probably do in that fancy new Leopard Edition is that they strip out the server check... which is what everybody can do today.

    Open Terminal, enter "sudo nano /etc/hosts". It will open the hosts file, and you just enter "127.0.0.1 ui.skype.com" on a new line at the bottom of the file. Save with Command-X, confirm with Command-Y and Enter, and done.

    Screw you, MS. :)

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    They should have dropped Leopard support a while back, but they should let people know this well in advance rather than just dropping it one day. Now they have to spend time and effort on a version that very few people use. Which they will then discontinue again.

  1. chimaera

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    Joined: 04-08-07

    How much trouble are we talking, really? They can skip any minor feature that has compile problems, and just debug the core features. The resulting bare-bones client will launch 2x as fast as the normal client, and might become the favorite on all OS versions.

  1. Mike Wuerthele

    Managing Editor

    Joined: 07-19-12

    Originally Posted by chimaeraView Post

    How much trouble are we talking, really? They can skip any minor feature that has compile problems, and just debug the core features. The resulting bare-bones client will launch 2x as fast as the normal client, and might become the favorite on all OS versions.



    You know this is Microsoft, right? They have NO IDEA how to NOT have featuritis in an app.

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