Many people still use an older version of Skype. They probably just don’t want to switch to a new interface because they will have to get use to it all over again. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of using an old Skype? Well, this is exactly what we will talk about in this article.
- Comfort – Using a certain program interface for a long time brings us comfort. We know where everything is and how to work use it.
- Performance – Very often when a computer program gets updated, it becomes not only slower but bigger as well. It takes up more of the memory of your computer and requires more processing power. This is caused by all its newly added features. For example Skype 1.2 is around 6 MB in size, Skype 2.0 – 9 MB and Skype 3.0 – 19 MB. There are exceptions, of course.
- Missing features – If you are using an older version of Skype you will not be able to use some of the new features. This is pretty normal for every program. There are exceptions to this rule as well. For example the Extras Manager was removed in Skype 5.3 so you actually need an older version in order to use it.
- Security holes – With each new version of Skype more and more security issues are resolved. This makes it even harder for viruses and hacker to harm you.
- More bugs – With each new update part of the bugs are fixed. So almost always older versions have more bugs and errors.
- Incompatibility – The older the program – the more compatibility issues it has. One of the ways to fix this it by using the compatibility mode in Windows. For example in Windows 7 (or Vista) you can start a program in Windows XP mode. Keep in mind that this will not always solve your problems.
- No technical support – Skype offers technical support only for the most recent version. Actually this makes sense because many problems are already fixed in newer version. And it is much easier to track the issues with the most recent one instead all the problems with all the old versions.
Can you think of any other advantages or disadvantages of using an old Skype? Share your thoughts in the comments below.