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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?




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!


MSN Messenger Features

Status: New Idea
by plax102 2 weeks ago

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.




This is an issue I was expecting Skype devs to solve but it is all the same since more than 7 years. Seriously it could be more than that.

The default sounds and imported sounds for specific events play in mono audio format because Skype doesn't support stereo wav files.

Sometimes I am thinking of putting a part of my favorite song as the incoming call ringtone. To do this, first I have to edit to make it less than 1.5 mb then I have to convert it into the WAV audio format. But the way Skype plays the ringtone doesn't give me the right feeling. Because Skype plays the song in mono audio format.

My question and actually my request from Skype devs are: When will you make Skype to able to play stereo sound files and allow us to import sounds in other file types (such as MP3, WMA and OGG) too?

can you put a colored line between the scroll bar and the contact list, so we can easily recognise where to click with our mouse.
for example in the image i made a red line.



Status: New Idea
by MrFofan80 Friday



I hate new skype update system.

As a free person, I'd like to have a choice: use old version or new.

Permanet update is very annoying.


Best Regads,

Mr Fofan

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.

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!

I am currenly useing skype with new UI(version

I would like to see more color in the UI that user can change by end user somehow, I would be happy even if that could be done by editing registry or some properties file

I would also like to be able to recolor people's chat bubble in conversacion

current and what i would like to see side by side





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.

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.

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.

Status: Not right now

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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.

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!


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

Status: Duplicate
by AndruX ‎05-08-2014 13:49 - edited ‎05-08-2014 14:09

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.

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. 

SKYPE use to have an option to automatically change your status to "Do Not Disturb" as soon as you were in a call. It would tell your contacts not to try and call you, as you were already busy with a call. That option should be brought back. It is irritating when you are in a call and all of a sudden an "attempted call window" pops up telling you that someone is trying to call you. I know I can change the status manually. I also know that I can reject the call. But automatic change to "busy" when in a call, and automatic change back to what ever status you were in before the call would be great. Please bring back that option.


It would be nice if skype can have an UX and UI inspired from MSN Messenger (especially the 6.0/7.0/7.5 versions) by improve the design to a modern one and replace it with the current one.

We loved MSN not Skype .. so to reach a win-win situation .. bring back the all of the old features, emoticons, custom emoticons, nudge and no home screen  .. and keep the services and the back-end the way you want we don't care about it .. :tongue: :tongue:

Thank you for your time, and hope you will take this into your consediration :happy:


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
Thank you for the detailed feedback. Custom emoticons are under consideration. If other users would like this, please add kudos or comments.

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.

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