Over the past few months, Microsoft has significantly slowed down the development of the consumer version of Skype. However, the Redmond giant regularly releases new updates even then. The company has recently added new capabilities to the app.
Skype v8.55 brings a major feature for all supported platforms — the Meet Now button. Notably, the feature allows you to instantly start a video chat with your friends and family, even if they are non-Skype users. They just need an invite link to begin the conversation.
Besides adding this useful feature, the Big M is secretly dropped some other features. Top of the list is the ability to copy an entire conversation in the Desktop version. A frustrated Skype user highlighted the problem on the Microsoft Answers forum:
“Why did Microsoft downgraded Skype and take away the conversation copy capability ? This is a basic required feature. This option was there before. We had a better version before. It was working before under WIN 10. You degraded this, what was once, a wonderful app. When will it be reintroduced?”
It is worth noting that this change affected all users who installed Skype version 188.8.131.52. The OP thinks that Microsoft is pretty ruthless at killing off useful features in Skype. Although, the company didn’t completely remove the feature. You can still select individual messages to copy them.
However, you can no longer copy complete conversations as you could previously do. The OP demanded Microsoft should bring back the feature in the next release.
Microsoft Has “No Plans” To Restore The Feature
It seems like Microsoft has no plans to restore the copy conversation feature at the moment. For now, a Microsoft support agent suggested that you should use copy selected messages functionality.
“Rignt click on any message and select the “Select messages” option. Click on the blank space right to the message/(s) you want to select. At the top of the chat screen you will see a notification saying how many messages were selected, and at the botton, the Copy icon. Press this Copy icon and all the selected messages will be copied to your Clipboard.”
Alternatively, you can follow this Step-by-step guide to export your entire chat history. However, the process can take up to 3 business days.
Probably, Microsoft will slowly phase out many other features that it thinks aren’t useful. However, the company has not acknowledged any of these changes yet.