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    Why are some features not available in Skype anymore?

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    We’re always working hard to improve your Skype experience. Sometimes this means that we may discontinue certain Skype features or products when we feel they can no longer help you get the most from Skype.

    The following is a list of features that have been discontinued in Skype:

    The Skype contact: A built-in certified Skype bot that provided users with tips, updates, and news about Skype and other Microsoft products and services.

    Cortana bot: A cloud-based personal assistant that allowed users to set tasks or find information such as restaurants or movie times in Skype. 

    Add-ins that have been removed from Skype: Microsoft To-Do, Bing GIFs, Bing Images, Bing Restaurants, Bing Search, Bing Movies, GIPHY, YouTube, Tenor, MojiLaLa, MSN Weather, Gfycat, Vlipsy, TuneMoji, TripAdvisor, News, StubHub. 

    MySpace integration: Discontinued from Skype 5.0. Myspace is a social networking service. It was possible to link Skype and Myspace profile information and add MySpace users that were also using Skype to the Skype contact list.

    Public Chats: Discontinued from Skype 4.0. This feature enabled Skype users to come together and discuss selected topics without sending any contact requests.

    Skype integration for Slack: Allowed you to make free Skype calls directly from Slack.

    SkypeMe!: Skype users who selected the SkypeMe! mode were available to chat with all users, including those that they didn’t know and didn’t share their contact details with.

    SkypeFind: SkypeFind was a community-edited directory of business numbers.

    Skype Prime: Discontinued from Skype 4.0. It was a directory of advisers, “call providers”, who offered advice or skills training over Skype. Calls were charged at a rate that both the callers and advisors agreed on.

    Skype Pro: Provided Skype users with calling benefits for a small monthly fee. Skype Pro has now been replaced by Skype subscriptions that bring you even more benefits.

    Skype Premium: Offered group video calling (now free for all users) and unlimited calling to mobiles and landlines in a country of your choice.

    Skype WiFi: Allowed you to use your Skype Credit as payment to log in to public WiFi hotspots around the world.

    Highlights in Skype: Allowed you to take a photo or video, post it to your Highlights, or share it directly with your contacts. 


    No emergency calls with Skype
    Skype is not a replacement for your telephone and can't be used for emergency calling