I too strongly dislike the Mac interface. My main issue with it is that it is too big and that everything is in the same window.
- Compact contact list (statuses and names ONLY)
- For every "new, cool thing" you come up with, (like making the task bar icon black!?), make it an option, do not force it on all of us
- To be able to chat in separate windows and adjust the size of the to my liking
To summarize: Less is more, Skype! Listen to your users, we always want smaller and simpler, not bigger and more complex!
Besides the horrible user interface, Skype 5 also generates CPU issues, with fans running non-stop. I have kept v2.8 but feel bad for my parents overseas who upgraded to v5 and find it too difficult to revert. Skype is a terrible company to ignore all these complaints and abuse its dominant position.
This is exactly the same trend like the small and very handy Picassa software for Mac changed/updated into this ugly, unhandy, huge and complcated monster straight from the PC. I stopped using it.
I really don't like the "new" Skype. Sorry.
Look at GMail: they recently implemented a change in their user interface, with lots of white space around each message, I guess in an effort to unify it with the mobile apps requiring buttons to be big enough to touch. However, they gave the user the option to have message lists appear more compact, like before.
How is it possible that Skype is not able to provide an option for "higher density" of contacts, or an option that would emulate 2.8 within v5?
Seriously, Skype? How hard is it to just add a "classic mode" to the client? Have all the same features as the current version, but with the old interface?
And while you're at it, update the Linux client already!!
I must agree with you on this point, its looks much better and more funtional as a GUI with a better arrangement and hope that Skype will consider the finer aspects of the wholle lay out
I am a freelance writer for a major tech news site. I have submitted my article to my editor and he promised me that it will be published next week. The article is on the Skype for Mac controversy -- that we are clammoring -- for an update to 2.8 that will be Mountain Lion 10.8 compatible and of course how much we dislike 5.8.x.
As soon as its posted I will share the link here. Then you guys need to help get the word out. Let's fight this battle together. We want an answer from Skype. Make it premium feature ... fine. Quicken customers who clammored for an update to the real quicken ver. 2007 for OSX Lion has to pay $15. I can live with a one off fee or making 2.9 a premium only feature. However -- it needs to get done and now!