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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.





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!

Why the **bleep** is there no spell check on skype ofter 11 years? 


How embarasing. It makes software developers that work for skype and microsoft look totaly incompetent.


it should be a standard feature. 


I dont meent to offend anyone by using offensive language but ocasionaly it is the aproprite language to use and this is one of those ocasions. 


Spell check... get it done

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



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.

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.

Please don't kill the old versions

Status: New Idea
by JC75 on ‎20-07-2014 16:09

"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. For  God's sake create a colorful ui not this white

2. At least write out the latest version number on the website!

3. Stop developing skype for stupid people, or at least try to think about those who would like to see functional and useful additions!

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 If other users would like this added, please include your kudos.

Skype Classic Mode

Status: New Idea
by Geohexamon Wednesday

In the light of the recent forced update to Skype, many users are forced to forgo their normal experience to try a new experience some people just don't want. I propose that in the next version of Skype there be a mode called Classic mode, and the point of this mode is the modify the GUI as to appear closer to something in the past versions. I propose there be different styles representing the different era's of Skype. For example 4.2 had your profile picture and mood in the top left of the screen, the group call would show a conversation picture despite being in a call or not, and the conversation would show you the participants of a group call despite not being in one you're self. This is what I refer to as the aforementioned "normal experience." Users prefer familiarity, and it's this familiarity that kept users from consciously updating to the latest version of skype. The Classic Mode won't have to be a complete overhaul of Skype as a whole. In face the GUI could keep the color scheme and functions already implemented. I'm proposing a purely graphical adjustment to ease the minds of all the angry users in dismay over the recent changes. I know I speak for many people when I say that this is all we really want. A sense of familiarity from what we used in the past and continued to use until the day we were locked out.

here is the list of "Missing Features" of Windows Live Messenger that are not present in Skype.


- Possibility to be notified when you receive a new mail in your messenger account.
- Possibility to disable camera completely from Skype (not just disabled for contacts).
- Possibility to change chat font and font color for your own chat, and not for all the chat window.
- Possibility to use animated avatars.
- Possibility to use pictures for background, and GUI color change according to the image selected.
- Possibility to change GUI color.
- Possibility to send short sounds with F2.
- Possibility to use custom emoticons (included animated emoticons).
- Possibility to use winks.

- Possibility to see the messenger contacts ordered by groups.

- Possibility to appear offline to individuals instead of everyone. (This used to be called blocking people).
- Picture Sharing (where you can paste an image into the client and the others see it in their client).

- Sending SMS messages (to mobile phones) at NO COST.
- Pinned contacts on windows 7 task bar which should show favorite contacts.
- Integration with Microsoft SkyDrive.
- Remote assistance.


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



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.

Need additional emoticon "left hands" or "straight hands"

Status: Duplicate
by AndruX a month ago - last edited a month ago

guys please add this emoticon. It is very useful. 

Expect to see a emoticon what hit a hammer on his hands to straighten.

Status: Duplicate
Thank you for the feedback. Please note that we are tracking requests for custom emoticons in Skype.

Exactly as the title states. I extend a big (finger) to skype for both of these changes.

Status: Duplicate
Thank you for the feedback. Please note that we are tracking requests for custom emoticons in Skype.

Focus Stealing

Status: New Idea
by alewares 2 weeks ago

Hi, I have a very simple idea that will enable skype to be a more usable product for entire groups of people. These groups include, but are not limited to: gamers, developers, and anything that requires multitasking and proper window management. 


The idea is to stop focus-stealing. I am aware that DND mode will prevent focus stealing from calls made to you. I use DND mode 24/7 because of this. However, if you are in a call and someone adds another person TO the call, focus is shifted and the Skype window will pop up over everything. 


This should be removed, or at least be able to be toggled off. People who require proper focus and function of their windows do not appreciate Skype popping up over everything, and because of this, the aforementioned groups see reduced usage in Skype - instead turning to other voice solutions.


Focus stealing is a bad design principle for an application when it doesn't revolve around security or "urgent" alerts. One can argue that the initiation of another person into a call is a privacy factor, but then at least allow the user to choose if they wish to let the window take focus. 


Thank you for your time!

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. 


Emoji support

Status: New Idea
by kuanjb a week ago

I realise that a lot of other posts have asked for specific new emoticons and even custom emoticons such as was supported by the old messenger client.  I have an additional suggestion though which is to support emoji, which has become the cross platform default type of emoticons /emotes which are part of the unicode specification.  Heaps of emoji can be seen here:


On Windows (and Mac) you can indeed already even enter emoji into Skype if you either copy and paste the characters into the message or in Windows 8 if you enable the on-screen keyboard.  Surely it wouldn't be too hard to modify the Skype emoticon menu to also allow entering emoji.  It would be great if they were even in colour such as can be seen with IE on Windows 8 or in Safari in OSX.  It doesn't mean you even have to drop support for the existing Skype emoticons or not let people have custom emoticons like the other idea.  You just have to add menus to access the emoji which are already there in unicode fonts.  No brainer if you ask me.

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).


Unread Message Notification Timer

Status: Comments Requested
by Xaser on ‎23-05-2014 12:08



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.

Status: Comments Requested
Thank you for the feedback. Would other users like to have this as well? Please add comments or kudos and we will monitor the interest level.

Better Emoticon System

Status: Comments Requested
by Onihikage on ‎20-06-2014 06:43

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.

Status: Comments Requested
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