"It’s easy to update Skype; once you do, you’ll have access to the latest features our team has worked hard to deliver."
You know what else is easy? NOT retiring the older versions that are SUPERIOR in NOT having the "features" of the newer Skype versions such as people appearing offline when they were, and still are, online a few minutes ago, people appearing online when they haven't been for hours, **bleep**ING ADS EVERYWHERE, general glitchyness and lag that has persisted since the dawn of time and only seems to increase with every new version.
You should "work hard on delivering" some punches to your development team's faces. I'm on 6.11 for a reason, and i have zero reason to upgrade to the newer version. And i find it outrageous that you people figure to give us a reason by making the old versions not work.
1. Do not shut down old versions of Skype. Make Skype updates optional. Users get used to their "old" versions and often DON'T WANT any changes in user interface. Remember that Skype is often used by beginner users (for example, parents and grandparents) and for some of them it is a big pain when familiar user interface got changed because of some "bright" ideas of UI designers. Remember that such users will often not need your new features also.
2. If your marketing campaign and product strategy are still more important than how many users feel about your products, make Skype updates AUTOMATIC as it used to be before Skype was purchased by Microsoft. Let's not go back to previous century when users had to update all software manually.
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!
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
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.
It has been two years since MSN/Windows Live was officially "shut down" (although it can still be used with a specific client), and users were forced to switch to Skype. While Skype does handle some things better than Windows Live, it is still lacking a lot of features a lot of us made use of. These features include
- Integrated image sharing. Whenever you posted an image url, or shared an image from your PC, the image would actually load up in the chat for everyone to see. There was no need to download the image, nor did you have to open a web browser. It was an extremely fast and helpful way to share images, but the nicest feature of all was how it handled screen shots. If you needed to show someone something, you could simply hit the print screen key, then hit CRTL + V in the chat and have it instantly load. You didn't need to save the image, nor did your contacts have to download it. It opened in the viewer instantly, and that's all there was too it.
- Font styles and colors were also a nice feature. While I understand a lot of people use Skype for buisness, that doesn't mean it couldn't at least be an option. It actually wouldn't be that difficult to set it up so stylized fonts can be toggled on and off with a simple check box (where you checked, or unchecked it depending if you wanted to see other's custom font styles). That way, anyone who wants to use a cusotm font and font color could choose to do so, while anyone who wishes to view the basic black font can do so as well. Its a basic feature, and I've never understood why Skype has yet to include it.
- Custom emoticons. Once again another feature Windows Live included. With its simple built in uploader, you could create your own emoticons by uploading just about any pic (including animated gifs), and then you could set whatever text you wanted to trigger it. For example, you could turn "^_^" into an emoticon of a smily face, or if you wanted to turn "lol" into a laughing face you could do that as well. Also, once again there could be an option to toggle this on or off. Windows Live had the option to turn them off after all.
- Nudge. It doesn't have to be an annoying shake and sound like it was on Windows Live, but sometimes people don't always notice skype's notification, or in some cases they won't even be notified. Rather than asking someone "are you there" or spamming them with pointless messages, it would be nice to just hit a little button that allows you to resend the notification. Really, the easiest way to do this, would be to make it so the button acts like a new skype message, without actually sending a message. Just the new message sound, with the orange dot next to the Skype icon is all it needs to be. On top of that, there could be an option to toggle this off or on as well (once again Windows Live allowed you to).
This forced upgrade needs to be postponed until Microsoft can debug Skype 22.214.171.124. I fell for the suggestion to allow an upgrade and immediately my web cam stopped working and the new version of Skype reports that no web cam is detected and I should go to their web store to buy a camera.
Is this part of the latest Microsoft effort to increase sales? If so it is misguided.
When I reverted my skype back to 6.1.999.130 my Dynex 1.3 MP web cam with the latest drivers works ok again and I dont need to buy anything.
I have tested both a windows xp and a windows 7 machine and get the same results so this is a SKYPE web cam flaw and not a web cam problem.
If someone has a suggestion I would be glad to act on it.
The way emotes are handled currently leaves something to be desired; emoticons are meant to be a way for a user to express themselves, but Skype currently only allows us to express ourselves with a very limited set of emoticons, which we have no control over, and sometimes don't even know about (as with the recent change to making the :3 be an emoticon). Here's how I would have them work:
We need to have individual control over which emoticons are enabled, and what we type to get each emoticon. If we like the emoticon currently assigned to :3 but also like using the actual :3 as text, we can reassign the emoticon to (cat). Having such a system in place opens the door to custom emoticon, but I'll get to that in a minute.
A user's settings for their own emotes will be visible to others. If they reassign :3 to not be an emote, neither they nor other users will see the cat emote in their own message when they type :3, but other users will still be able to use and see it just fine in their own messages. Here is an example of how various emoticon settings will interact:
Users Alpha, Beta, Delta, and Gamma are chatting in a Skype conversation. Alpha's emoticons are all set to defaults, Beta has unassigned the :3 emoticon under their settings, Delta has disabled the :3 emoticon, and Gamma has reassigned that emoticon from :3 to (kitty). Alpha, Beta, and Delta all write :3 and Gamma writes (kitty), in messages sent in the same order. Alpha, Beta, and Gamma all see the kitty emoticon, :3, :3, and the kitty emoticon again. Delta sees :3, :3, :3, and (kitty), because she disabled that specific emoticon, no matter how it's renamed. Alpha, Beta, and Gamma all have the option to hide specific emoticons by clicking on them in the text, whether in their own messages or others'.
In this way, users would have control not only over which emoticons they see, but also over the emoticons that others see in their own posts. With that working, the rules around custom emoticons are quite a bit simpler to implement; a user could supply an image file which fits Skype's own emoticon requirements (dimensions, file size, file type, etc.), and a text code by which they'll summon it.
There would be a menu option (on by default) which would automatically download other users' custom emotes when they use them; without that enabled, a user would only see the text associated with the custom emoticon, and could tap or click on it to download/show or hide the emoticon (unless they have all emoticons disabled). Users could right-click an emoticon and get an option to add it to their own emoticon library, making it very easy to use and share emoticons which are most effective at expressing certain emotions.
Sorry for the long post, I hope it's not too much.
Group chat invite privacy.
Whenever someone adds your name onto a list of contacts that they wish to add to a new group, the persons (contacts added) get added into the group unwillingly.
And by "unwillingly" i mean they have no choice or say (option wall asking if they would like to join) availible.
This annoys me because of all the contacts i have, someone always has the great idea to round up as meny contacts they can list and add them into a group chat at whatever time.
I want an option to asking me if i would like to join, or not to join said group via invite page.
There are too many people that add me to there groups without asking me, i just get dragged into them with random people i don't know, and it's vary uncomfortable.
If there is already an option on skype to do this, then my apoligies, but this has been going on for too long, and i'm tired of being dragged into these random group chats.
many people I collaborate with using skype are very fast typers, like me. That means that reading a new message is a process of tabbing over, reading the message and tabbing back in the matter of about a second.
However the new message notification seems to be combined with a delay that results in the message still being marked as unread when tabbing back, which can be very annoying.
I therefore propose to remove this delay timer alltogether or at least give the skype user the ability to turn it off using the settings menu or a configuration file.
Skype for Windows Desktop should use Windows Desktop Scaling. Right now, on Windows 8.1 with high DPI displays, Skype scales very badly. It is either very blurry with scaling turned on or is too small to see when scaling turned off. This negatively affects not just SMS and IM but also webcams.
Since Skype is a Microsoft product it should follow the Microsoft guidelines for desktop scaling, even if it is not a Windows 8.1 specific application. There are a multitude of other applications, like Firefox and Internet Explorer, that work perfectly with desktop scaling. Skype should do this, too.
I'd love to see some client-side customization options for Skype, Stuff like changing the colour and font of text, Adding a picture to the background and / or changing the colour of it.
I know this isn't in-depth but I felt as though it would be best to keep it short and sweet.
Considering that HTML rendering support is more or less in Skype already and thus this wouldn't break old versions, I think it would be a marvelous addition if some sort of text formatting was possible. Even such basic things as bolded, cursive and over/underlined text along with several colours would enable a wide array of usages. This would be especially helpful when learning a language, for example, which I believe is a considerable use of Skype for many.
MSN/Windows Live Messenger were the best IM Clients ever made, in my opinion. Not only did they possess many customization options, but they were also fun to use. They were useful. Skype is neither of those, unfortunately.
Most of my friends miss Messenger. We miss being able to Nudge each other, we miss being able to add our own emoticons. We miss being able to change our "Status" and/or Display Name.
Now, I know that not everybody is into Nudging, Emoticons and Status'/Display Names. So here is my "Idea":
And I know that many others want text formatting. I.e. Bold, Italic, Underline, Strikethrough - and colors.
Skype is a great IM. But it can be greater with the above features.
Hi, I have seen this system on "Facebook". It tells you if the person has read your message. It is a really useful feature. Just avoids spamming, harassing etc. It would also show you if the person/user is ignoring you or not.
Could you please add the same feature to Skype? It would be great.
How is the system working?:
You pm someone, If he saw your message without reply = It'll display this small line/message "Seen 00:00 PM/AM"
Thank you so much!
Basically, when setting yourself to Do Not Disturb mode, it would ask you if you wanted to receive notifications from certain people, or from nobody. This change would be useful if you don't want to receive notifications from everyone on your Contact List at a certain time, and just wanted to receive them from a few that you could select.
I am tired of having spammers ask to be added to my contact list.
Although I have in my settings "Allow IM's from = people in my contact list only" I still get the spammers who want to either spam me, defraud me.
I never chat to these people and always immediately report them as spam and decline the request. But I should not have to do this.
We need REAL privacy settings like we had in messenger as right now the current settings do not give you this.
I dont want people who are not in my contact list have the ability to pop up and ask to be added to my contact list - period!