Just of note, the classic version seems to support cloud based chats now.
There's been some conversions going on on the skype servers, and I reported
a couple of bugs to microsoft which appear to have been recently fixed.

On Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 9:45 AM, Raymond Jennings <shent...@gmail.com>

> My guess is that eventually it will be.  Microsoft tends to be fond of
> turfing old versions of its software *cough*windows10*cough*
> As the mantainer of a package with no patchable source code provided I'll
> have little choice but to reflect the upstream reality as clearly as
> possible.
> What I personally think would be nice:
> 1.  A backend layer, OS specific, that handles low level details like
> making network connections, writing to logs, opening audio/video devices
> (mic, speakers, webcam)
> 2.  A skype layer, OS and GUI independent, that contains everything
> related to skype's core stuff.  Encryption, contact lists, group chats,
> interfacing with the skype servers
> 3.  A frontend layer, OS specific, that handles window management,
> keyboard input, clicking on menus, providing widgets, and so on.  This
> could factor in differences between windows, OSX, GNOME, KDE, GTK+, and the
> like, all without compromising the portability of the middle or backend
> layers.
> If Microsoft broke its skype code up like this it would be extremely easy
> to maintain in a cross platform manner.
> This is how gallium3d was set up
> On Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 6:33 AM, Daniel Campbell <z...@gentoo.org> wrote:
>> On 10/04/2016 02:12 PM, Raymond Jennings wrote:
>> > Please be advised that skype has been split off into two packages
>> >
>> > * skype remains for the "classic" version of skype
>> > * skypeforlinux is the new package name for microsoft's alpha version
>> >
>> > There were some version number snarls and it was decided that a split
>> > would be cleaner.
>> >
>> > Blame microsoft for giving their current version a lower number than the
>> > classic one.
>> Thanks for the heads-up. I saw it in a recent additions/removal email
>> and checked eix but didn't see anything pointing out differences.
>> Does MS have plans to force classic Skype to be obsolete? I hope not...
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