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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.

It would be nice if one is able to change the font size in messenger just by pressing CTRL + scroll 

DollaDollaBill

Option to mute individual group call participants

Status: New Idea
by DollaDollaBill a week ago - last edited a week ago by Community Manager Community Manager

[Idea title updated by moderator to be more descriptive. Original topic title was: "Free Unbelievable Call Kleptomaniac "]

 

I believe that you should be able to adjust the volumes of seperate people in a skype call. For Example, if you are in a group call and one of your friends has quite a loud microphone and the other has a quiet one, you should be able to just turn the volume down of the loud one from regular. Do you see what I am getting at? Also, it would be nice to completely mute people in the call if there is a lot of background noise or if you dislike them.

All people I have in my contact list use Skype as a Chat-System rather than an SMS/Email like communication system. Hence, they are only available for communication when using it actively from a PC.

 

Many of them run Skype on mobile devices, but only in order to be able to chat on the go, if needed. They normally will not respond to messages received on the mobile device only, but will always be shown as online.

 

Related topics (link lost) mention that by now even a desktop that hibernates or sleeps may still be shown as online, unless the user has actively set the status to offline. Users who leave their PC running at all times likewise will always be shown as online, since by default they don't seem to ever switch to “away”.

 

As a consequence, the status “online” has become entirely meaningless, as it carries to information about whether the person will respond.

 

Since it is impossible to reeducate my contacts to actively log out/go offline when they are not available, a solution must be implemented on the software side.

 

Some ideas how to improve the situation:

 

1. Desktop Devices

 

  • Make sure that a user is shown as offline when the device is disconnected from the network.
  • Consider flagging users that have not used input devices for a certain time as “away” by default.

2. Mobile devices

 

  • Introduce a status “online on mobile” to make clear, that the use is connected only through a mobile device and may respond only with major delays or not at all.
  • On Android, allow going “offline” without logging out. On mobile phones the battery cost of running Skype continously is prohibitive, and when using a secure password with a password manager, so is the overhead of reentering the password just in order to quickly check for new messages when needed.

 


Such changes should be implemented as far as possible without requiring a client update (i.e. on the cloud-side), at least on the desktop side were updates are not fully automatic. Otherwise the changes will remain ineffective, since many users will keep using old clients, either by neglicence, by choice (e.g. preferrence for layout of old versions) or by necessity (e.g. corporate devices that require updates to be approved by IT).

 

Note: I am well aware off commands like /showplaces and /removelogout useable to make my own online status more meaningful. They don't solve the problem however, as reeducating my contacts is neither possible nor desireable, especially when the solutions reduce convenience.

Hello, so why not make more smileys for skype? Like there are times I just need to go to the internet, to get a smiley and post a link, to show of my reaction to things. Here's a perfect one: http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/facebook/000/259/943/694.png

Would be nice, there are so many times like.. "Are you kidding me?" moments.. Other people who reply, can post there ideas as well

Hello.

 

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!

T-101

Canadian Skype Number

Status: New Idea
by T-101 a week ago

Please make Canada as an option for a Skype Number. Thanks in adavance.

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.
Sarah_kittycat

Call Forwarding Confirmation

Status: New Idea
by Sarah_kittycat on ‎28-09-2014 06:43

I've talked to skype representatives about this problem and to no avail so I have a suggestion for call forwarding to contacts on Skype it should have a confirmation (i.e. if I go to call forward to X person on my contact list then X person has to confirm they want to recieve my calls). So it can prevent harassment for myself and others that might experience it. 

Hey :happy:

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 :happy:

Status: Under consideration
Thank you for the feedback. Custom emoticons are being considered. There are other custom emoticon requests such as http://community.skype.com/t5/Windows-desktop-client-Ideas/Custom-Emotes/idi-p/2890639 If other users would like this added, please include your kudos.

I think it would be a great idea if you could mute individuals in a group call or at least lower only that persons volume...

I run a skype group chat and I politely request the following features to be added.

Features:

The ability for the creator to set the rules and allow users to view them by typing /rules.

The ability to change the group picture.  

The ability to ban someone.

The ability to temporarily ban someone.

The ability to set a group status or description.

 

If you see this don't forget to Kudos this so the people who work at skype can see this.

 

Thanks!

Quiet

Skype Colours

Status: New Idea
by Quiet on ‎25-09-2014 11:56

The white brightness of skype burns my eyes, and a number of other users I know experience similar difficulties. From what I understand, reading through these forum posts, there are a number issues that have been yet to be rectified. However, I feel that allowing users the ability to at least make the selection of a darker theme is elementary to the programs functionality. I would like to see this very simply implementation take effect, until that time however, I will search for a chat client that does not sear my eyes (skype is by far the best though, this flaw just makes it very difficult to use).

 

Thanks. 

Hi,

 

I'm the owner and admin of a decent sized (60 members and growing) skype chat and for the past several months I've been using a downgraded version of Skype (6.2) that still allowed Chat Admins to edit and delete messages made by others in the chat, for moderation purposes. I was well aware more recent versions have removed this feature which was why I never upgraded...

 

Until I was forced to upgrade today which was very, very frustrating as I now can not moderate my chat and I can not downgrade again as you've removed previous versions ability to function.

 

I use these features to keep the peace, to make sure no hurtful comments are posted and now I can not do this.

 

I am asking that you please bring these features back, there was absolutely no reason to have them removed in the first place and now I can not moderate my chat efficiently. 

 

And I KNOW there are MANY other people out there who agree this was the STUPIDEST decision you guys have EVER made.

 

There is NO reason why it can't come back.

Status: Under consideration

Thanks for submitting this idea and providing the scenario details. Here's a summary of the current chat admin functionality https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA10042/what-are-chat-commands-and-roles

We are looking into how the message level moderation functionality can make a return in group chats.

After checking out the preview version 6.21.85.1024, I'd like to suggest some improvements to the layout of the interface.  Please refer to the included interface mockup:




  • Reduce the height of height of the profile panel, as it takes up an unnessecarily large portion of screen real-estate, with no aesthetic benefit.
  • Move the Search bar to the Contacts/Recent view, as the only context that search is used under is to find contacts.
  • Align Home and Call phones options to the same line, as these also take up space unnessecarily, also with no aesthetic benefit.
  • Display all contact lists as individually collapsible trees, as this improves visual presentation of contacts, and promotes organization of contacts.


I do like the direction the user interface is being taken in, and look forward to seeing future improvements.

plax102

MSN Messenger Features

Status: New Idea
by plax102 on ‎31-08-2014 02:16

Hello all.

 

I would like to see two features that were implemented in the MSN Messenger.

 

1. Appear offline to certain people. You can select to whom you can appear offline, but you don't have to block them like you got to do in Skype now.

 

2. The picture sharing. I'am sending a lot of screenshots to my friend, and everytime he has to download them. In the old but very missed MSN Messenger, at least in the last versions, you could see the picture as a preview in lower quality, and then if you want, you could download it. That was such a great feature to have.

 

I hope someday we get those features back.

 

Cheers

Ahdd

New ads / Ad choices

Status: Under consideration
by Ahdd on ‎29-01-2014 18:06

My idea is, get rid of the new advertisement feature which has been put in and appears at the top of the screen when you're typing in chat with someone

ie:

ADVERTISEMENT HERE

Person you're typing to info here

Chat log here

 

The ad up top is HUGELY distracting.  I don't mind ads on the contact list or on the status updates page, but when it's where I'm typing to someone its just unbearable. 

 

This just started today for me and quite honestly it's making me want to switch to another provider for chat like things.

 

If there was an option to choose where you saw ads that would be acceptable as well, but right now this new thing with the ad popping up up top when I'm typing to someone is horrendous.

Status: Under consideration
Thank you all for your feedback! We will be raising this with the team.

Hi,

 

Under Options --> Notification settings a Skype user can disable the notification when a user comes online.

This is really usefull in case a use has many contacts since it stops the pop up messages on the bottom right side.

On the other hand it might be usefull sometimes a user to get notified when a specific contact comes online.

 

My idea is to have an option "notify me when the user come online" when you right click on that contact.

So you will get notified when this user come online but you will not get other notifications about other users when they come online.

 

Thanks

 Lefteris

 

There is big problem in status icons.
"Offline" and "Invisible" icons look the same. 
So when you set one of these two statuses - during the use of skype you
can't understand what status is set. In order to check is you status
"Invisible" or "Offline" you need always push status button!
it's terribly uncomfortable
Please make different icons for "Invisible" and "Offline" statuses.

 

3(!) years ago it has already been written -Icon problem

but nothing is changed.

 

Microsoft maybe you will start to listen?

"THEY DONT CARE"

adanil

pls add "sip:" and "phone:" URL handling!

Status: New Idea
by adanil on ‎14-08-2014 14:41

pls add "sip:" and "phone:" URL handling!

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