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Skype is by far the worst IM client known to man. There are many irritating things about it:

1) the ads, which you can remove via regedit, but it still leaves an ugly blank space - Skype DOES NOT need ad revenue. it's funded by Microsoft

2) the idiotic skype wifi popup whenever I connect to wifi. It's completely pointless and an attempt to bilk money out of people who don't realize that wifi is free. It also refuses to go away even when you minimize or cancel it.

3) the inability to export chat history

4) the general slowness/clunkiness of the app compared to superior IM clients like Trillian

5) the ugly 2000s UI. seriously, get with the times. make it more minimalist instead of clogging it up with a useless home page and other clutter.


Sadly because of Microsoft's monopoly and inability to be a good company that puts customers first, Skype will continue to be garbage.

So right now I’m in a skype group with over a 125 people 70% is not active for over 6months,

Isn’t an idea to kick people out of a skype group when they aren’t there for over 2/3months?

Including the group owner?


Also when someone invite me to a group and he doesn’t have time to explain to me what this group is all about, than I have to wait for a period for some tells me what this group does.

Maybe it’s an idea to put a description/info place under the name of the group.

It would be great if we can set an auto-response feature, which will display an automatic response message of our choosing each time a message is received.


For some reason, some of my contacts based in another country cannot identify when i am available or offline, so receiving an auto-response is helpful to them to show that they are not just being ignored, but I am just not available.


Even better if we can set a date and time when it starts and when the auto-response is taken off, similar to outlook.

I think we should have emoticons for cartoon charactes as well. It would be great in cool, friendly conversations. Looking forward for it.

I propose the idea of recreating the fleshman response in emoji style. You can learn more about this AWESOME fenomenon from here: 


I'm pretty sure you will be amazed how we've managed to live without this animated emoji till now! 


Thanks for your time! 

All the data in the user profile should be configurable in terms of permissions. For example, making a birthdate "public" is perfect fodder for trolls and ne're-do-wells. Why can I not restrict my birthdate to my contacts? My email address is "private". I DO want my contacts to be able to see this, but I cannot change the setting. This philosophy goes against everything Microsoft perports to stand for in terms of security and privacy.


Please allow US to decide who can see what information, in our profiles. These settings should be our choice, not yours. By all means set defaults, but allow us to change them if we wish.


Thank you.

How it is:


When writing emoticons like and , they are featured in the "Recent" section, because every used emoticon is counted, written and clicked ones.


How it should be:


Only emoticons that the user picks in the emoticon picker should be counted and featured in the "Recent" section.




Because the user doesn't need to use the emoticon picker when writing emoticons, those emoticons should not be shown under "Recent". They only take up space that could be used for emoticons that are not easy to type, for example (muscleman) or (footballfail).


Status: Comments Requested

Sounds like a reasonable idea. Please share your vote if you would like this behaviour to be changed.

Dark Theme

Status: New Idea
by Tokinsom on ‎27-09-2015 12:19

There have been over a dozen topics requesting a dark theme.


People work at night while using Skype, you know. Others just have sensitive eyes.


It'll probably take half an hour to add.


Please do it already.


This has been mentioned quite a few times since the recent updates came about, but I wanted to propose what I think is a simple idea to get around the UI complaints and (I hope) please as many users as possible: add the option to disable the speech bubbles in IM view. This could be a simple checkbox in the Settings menu, along the lines of "use speech bubbles in IM", or the opposite, something like "compact IM view", that, when enabled/disabled (depending on the wording of the setting) would change the IM view to be more compact as it was in previous Skype versions, removing the speech bubbles, aligning your messages to the left of the IM window (in the same place as the receipient's messages instead of in its own right-aligned box with left-aligned text) and removing the large amounts of space between messages from different people (and maybe removing the display picture next to each message in favour of just the one at the top of the conversation, but I don't think that's quite as important).

I understand that some people favour their IM windows looking like a smartphone text conversation and the current layout is perfect for that, and I am sure that there are a lot of people who use Skype for voice/video calling and hardly touch the IM side, in which case it shouldn't matter to them. However, the layout does not work well for people who have IM conversations very frequently (personally, I rely on Skype to keep contact with friends and important contacts, so this is my main method of conversation), as the speech bubble-look makes every message take up a very large amount of space, causing older messages to be pushed off of the screen much quicker and making conversations harder to follow. The way that your own messages are displayed in a speech bubble that is aligned to the right of the window while the text is left-aligned also breaks the flow of conversations like this by a large margin; I personally find it hard to track conversations when each line begins in a different place on the screen, and shorter messages that I send appear to just be floating somewhere near the middle of the screen instead of at a definitive edge, which looks very jarring.

This is an even larger problem if you use group IMs; if the group is a busy one, the large amount of space between each message means that individual messages leave the screen very quickly, often making it impossible to even keep up with the conversation, and the more complicated visual flow makes the problem even worse. I always have my Skype window maximised and it is still a problem for me regardless, because it can fit only half of the messages that it used to on screen at the most. Again, I can see that this wouldn't be a problem for people who use voice/video chat or don't use IM groups as frequently because they will usually have time to read the conversation fully, but having to scroll up the window to be able to read messages before they leave the screen makes more serious IM groups quite inconvenient to use, and I don't want to have to find something other than Skype to do this because the groups I use are quite well-established on Skype. I'd think that I'm not the only person who feels this way because some of the groups I use are reasonably large (about 12-20 people) and most people in the groups agree about how the new UI affects them.

I hope that what I'm asking is a reasonably simple change; I'm not asking to just get rid of the new layout because I know that some people are happy with it (and have no problem with it being the default as long as I have an option), and I'm not asking to just make the whole of Skype look like an older version. I'm just asking for the option to use the old IM layout rather than the speech bubbles. I know that it is probably easier for a development team to just keep one UI that works on all desktop and mobile devices, but, as you have already had the more compact view I'm asking for in previous versions, I would hope that it wouldn't be too much work to reimplement it as an option.

Thank you.

Status: Comments Requested

Please take a look at the latest Skype 7.0 which introduced a compact chat mode:

It sounds like this answers your request from this idea.


i tought it can be really nice if you will add custom emoticons to skype.

it was really nice function in the Messenger and many people love it.


hope you can add it

Status: Under consideration
Thank you for the feedback. Custom emoticons are being considered. There are other custom emoticon requests such as If other users would like this added, please include your kudos.

A (trollface) emoticon wanted

Status: New Idea
by dserg on ‎22-04-2015 13:57

Hi guys,

Many of your emoticons are really cool, like (facepalm), (rofl), (flex) and others. But there is definitely something missing there... A (trollface) one!


Could you please add a "(trollface)" emoticon?

It would be really really useful, I'm sure 146%

And I'm sure it is really wanted and there is even a proof here 

I'm sure many people would appreciate if you do that.



Shrug emoticon

Status: New Idea
by h0wl3r 3 weeks ago

I found out that there is no shrug emoticon. Sometimes this could be really annoying as a shrug is useful, so skype could possibly add one?

Look I understand that it probably feels awful to put so much time and effort into updating skype only to have the community hate it so much.

To be perfectly honest though it's horrific and you should feel awful.

I can give you a list of things right now that would make the community love you to the moon and back and they aren't even hard changes.


  • Windows is not a phone. Please get rid of this weird blown out word bubble aesthetic. Backdate to the old Skype and keep it as it was. It was clean solid and efficient. We don't want pretty colors and nice rounded edges. We want it sharp and to the point. I just want outright text.
    ie: Friend A: Hey
        Friend B: Hey
  • We ALL hate non-consensual formatting. I don't want asterisks around my words to make them bold. You should literally fire whoever's idea it was. It's an outright awful idea.
  • Emotes are annoying. :I is a straightface not an idea emoticon with a lightbulb. What even is that Skype seriously. Remove all auto-emotes. Yeah I'm 100% aware I can turn them off personally but I still look like a moron when I type :I and my friends think I have an idea.
  • You know what weird thing on some versions where you click a message and it highlights it in dotted lines and yellow? Don't.. don't do that.. just no.
  • Ads are bad mkay.. Every time I see "It's your friends birthday buy them Skype things!" I want to buy them skype things even less.
  • Stop offering pseudo-"solutions" such as "@@ " removes formatting from a message! I'm not typing "@@ " before every single one of my messages.. how about "@@ " to use formatting!
    See what you do is you make the less commonly used alternative use the complicated procedure.

In all seriousness though I love Skype.. but these changes and "features" hurt my heart.

I have a good 40+ people that I frequently talk to in massive group chats on a daily basis.

We are ALL contemplating moving to a different program. Every last one of us. I get the feeling the rest of the community isn't far behind.

Status: Not right now

Plesae only request one idea per submissions.


Regarding the multiple requests you had: Please make sure you are making use of customization options described in 7.0:

Imagine my disgust seeing some tall cat thing when I try to type out ":3". And the horror when I find out that (fubar), (finger), (wtf), and (hollest) don't do anything either.


My idea for the Windows client is for Skype to restore the (fubar), (finger), (wtf), and (hollest) smileys and remove the ":3" smiley (and reverting any other changes that were made that I haven't listed). Put the emote set back to the way it was in version 6.13, please!

Status: Under consideration
Thank you all for your feedback, we will raise this with the right team.

It would be great to have this emoji and I think it would become pretty popular...

Custom Emotes

Status: Under consideration
by BananasGoMoo on ‎30-01-2014 03:12

My idea is to add custom emotes such as the ones from WLM, since all of those users were merged onto Skype, it would be nice to have that feature again.

I know that there's a post for getting GIFs availalble in the mobile section but I wanted to add it to the laptop/desktop section. 


I think that being able to add GIFs just like if they were regular images would be a tremendous improvement to the IM system. 



It's midnight, I'm winding down for the night. I have about 20 conversations open using Trillian, my instant messaging client of choice. I have several conversations over AIM, many over YIM, and a few over more esoteric instant messaging services. I have 3 different IRC servers connected and several Skype conversations. They all use the same type of window, they're all in different tabs. I'm not the average Skype user - I'm a power user, this is how I relax.


My instant messaging client has a set of accounts for work, gaming, and then a set of personal accounts. After that I have every instant messaging account I've had over the past 15 years bound to it. This means I have well over 20 accounts attached to it! It's a very busy program.



Skype used to support third party clients through the Skype API or Skypekit, however, support for both has been discontinued. The Skype client's interface is much different from my preferred IM client's. It isn't able to manage 20 different tabs at once and it's difficult to keep track with hundreds of different individuals because of how it handles categorization. I can't manage multiple identities/presences at once nor can I write my own plugins to help me manage the herculean task of keeping up with everyone. This is not stuff Skype needs to be worried about doing.


Currently there's no supported way for third party clients designed for power users like me to connect to the Skype network. Skypekit will stop working soon enough and I simply won't be able to keep up with the people who want me to keep up with them. I'd imagine quite a few other power users are in the same boat. None of us want Skype to try to cater the Skype client to our needs - we're not mainstream users, we're a minority and we know it.


However, right now the Skype network is closing to anything but the official client. In my opinion this isn't a good thing. It prevents new and esoteric platforms from accessing the Skype network, it prevents power users from accessing the Skype network in the way they need to access it, and it discourages innovation on the network.


I believe Skype should either remake the Skype API that put the official client in to silent mode, keep Skypekit up to date (though Skypekit had issues with multiple instances running in the background), or provide a means for third party clients to access the Skype network. This could even be done via federation with an open protocol I.E. XMPP or other protocols.


Besides allowing power users like me a way to access our Skype contacts in a way that is seamless from our AIM and YIM and other contacts, the last latter implementation would allow Skype to grow in new and innovative ways, especially as the Internet of Things expands.


Long story short: Skype should allow third party clients a means to access the service that does not require direct user interaction with the default Skype interface.


Thanks for your time and consideration!

Setting to switch off notification about recieved Mojis

Status: Comments Requested
by svinopatamus on ‎16-09-2015 15:12 - last edited on ‎17-09-2015 13:14 by Community Manager Community Manager

Hi guys,


That new feature of Mojis is really cool and funny - my friends and me used it the hole day after update. However it would be very good to have possibility to switch off notification when Moji comes. I use skype for work and communication with friends. Sometimes I switch off notifications in spam chats that I do not want to leave but they started sending notifications about emojis and it distracts from work. Please make some some option to switch of this notifications.



[Idea submission edited by moderator to replace "Emoji" by "Moji" - The latter being the Skype specific video emoticons introduced in September 2015]

Status: Comments Requested

Thanks for submitting this improvement idea. This was also discussed in the following topic:


Please share your vote for this idea if you want to see it implemented.

I don't like the new Skype user interface. (Version


The old user interface worked well, and the new user Interface has low contrast. It's difficult to find items and it's not intuitive.


Please give us the option to use the old skin, or old user interface.


6.22 is probably the worse Skype update ever.



Status: Duplicate

Consolidating the ideas about "Reverting layout from 7.x to 6.2x" into this one:

Please share your votes and comments there.


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