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Windows 10 is set to launch on July 29. Microsoft is discontinuing Modern Skype on July 7 thus creating the following inconveniences for Windows 8.1 tablet users connected with using the Desktop app:


  • The Desktop app is blurry due to the DPI issues
  • The app slides off the screen if the app is maximized and the user scrolls to the end of any list
  • Users need to use the desktop virtual keyboard which is subpar in numerous aspects
  • Users who primarily use the Modern part of Windows 8.1 are forced to use the desktop environment
  • There is no way to see any Skype notifications without going to the Desktop which, again, the tablet users don't do very often or don't do at all


Every single one of the abovementioned issues isn't minor by any means. We'd understand your decision to make users move to a better app if it was indeed a better app. Please finish the proper Windows 10 integration first (or, at the very least, wait till Windows 10 is released) and then we, the tablet users, would gladly move to a truly better experience.

A (trollface) emoticon wanted

Status: New Idea
by dserg on ‎22-04-2015 14:57

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! :happy:


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

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

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

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



Hi-DPI awarness support

Status: New Idea
by 2 weeks ago

Since you are forcing tablet users to use desktop Skype version :mad: please add Hi-DPI awarness support. Currently the desktop version is blurry on tablet devices because of it.

Ability to disable receiving friend requests

Status: New Idea
by Lucine_Sweet 2 weeks ago - last edited 2 weeks ago

Plain and simple: Allow us to disable (or enable) the ability for others to send us friend requests. Give us the freedom and choice to be the one who DECIDE whether or not we want that. Allow us to be the one who add, not get asked to be added. This feature would not be activated by default, however.


  • How is this feature useful?


Simple: Prevents Stalkers. If you are haunted by a persistent stalker, they won't leave you be (they will keep making new accounts and spam you with friend requests), unless you either change your skype account, or call your local police. Neither options are the best. Changing your skype account can be a big and undesirable change for some, and it would not guarantee the stalker would stop. Calling local police is not an option many would go for in an issue that is seemingly trivial (it is not), not to mention it may not even do anything if the stalker is from another country, with a hidden IP Addresses that keeps changing.


  • How would 2 users with friend request disabled add each other?


They can receive add requests once they Both have successfully requested to add each other.


Summary: I completely understand that Skype is a massive social network, however, that is not a valid justification to not give it's community an option to completely prevent harassment/abuse should they need it.


Please thumb up the idea using the "Kudos" feature at the top left of my post if you think it would be useful.

My request:

  1. Full history restore/backup. I have chats history on my Desktop Skype since 2009. It is not a problem move it to another Desktop but impossible move to Android or iOS device. It would be great have an ability backup chats history (including or excluding shared/received media) to OneDrive and restore it when installing (or re-installing) Skype on any device.
  2. Global search. Often I need to find some message and I remember its keywords but don't remember a contact to whom I sent it. So the search in all chats history is required - not only for single conversation.

Categories For Contacts

Status: New Idea
by Oblixir on ‎29-05-2015 00:25

I'm surprised this hasn't been implemented yet. I think it'd be a great idea for skype to create categories because people like myself that have over 100+ friends on skype, NEED categories. I know there is a "Favorites" category, but does not suffice as I need more of a breakdown. Thanks. -Josh

Old UINew UI

I use the same Skype account on three computers, a phone, a TV etc.

When I read a message etc. on one device, it stays unread on all the other devices.

I would prefer that all of the devices sync the read status for each call, chat etc.

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.

So, some of us have been using skype for very long times and things change. I for one used my then active gametag for skype, a decition I today regret. I cannot be the only one that's been with Skype for several years and later have come to realise that just like an email, you kind of want something that's not ridiculous and easy to understand. 

According to techincal support it's simply impossible to change ones username, something which I beleive is anything but true. Twitter did it, and so can Skype. 


So come on Skype, let us change our usernames without having to cancel our accounts! 

Implement an option to be "unfindable"

Status: New Idea
by Moderator ‎14-05-2015 17:12 - edited ‎14-05-2015 17:13

Since the spambots on Skype are getting more annoying in the last few months an option to not be findable would be great. Those bots look through the userlist of Skype and randomly add users. If I wouldn't be listed, they couldn't add me. By implementing this, users could only find each other if they know their friend's username. Combined with this idea, spambots on Skype would be a thing of the past.

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:

Chat window: good old view mode

Status: Duplicate
by Gingerish on ‎09-04-2015 14:14

I have been using Skype for years and was always very comfortable with its chat window. Now that the recent updates introduced these smartphone-like "chat bubbles", I am not happy at all: the bubble takes a lot of space in the input window and you shoud scroll up to see the previous conversations, which is extremely annoying when you not just exchange short twit-like messages, but discuss something important.

I think the users should have an option to switch between the chat modes of their liking: let those who adore everything smartphone-like enjoy their bubbles, but it would only be fair to also let long-standing skype users, who treat the service seriously, use the mode they've got used to (old chat window with plain text and the opportunity to change the size of its input and the output parts). Please consider such an option in the next upgrades!

In Skype as it is now, one can specify where they want received files to be saved. This will work - for anything but pictures. All pictures received are currently stored in the AppData folder, along with copies of pictures sent, and are assigned ridiculous cache names. 





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As you can see, I've opted to have received files saved to my Downloads folder.





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A friend sends me both a spreadsheet and an image (why there is no thumbnail of the image is another problem entirely)





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The received spreadsheet appears in my downloads folder, as I've opted for.





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The received picture is in my AppData folder, with the Skype-assigned name ^2BC2D3309CA2F39BA294EE6355C4821A1E4CCACBA5CABD8978^pimgpsh_fullsize_distr, which I can guarantee was not what the actual file name is.




For people who send and receive photos often, being artists or just picture sharing enthusiasts, this makes being able to access received images incredibly difficult. If the pictures would just be saved into the selected folder with the file name given to it along with documents, spreadsheets, etc., it would not only make life easier for those of us frequently receiving pictures, but would make space cleanup far easier, since we wouldn't have to access an out-of-the-way folder to delete anything unwanted.


I *am* aware of the "right-click > Save As" option, but that's an extra step that really shouldn't be necessary.


It would really be appreciated if you could fix this. Thank you very much!


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.

At the moment a call ends when the host of the call leaves it. It would be better if another person would become the new host instead. I'd like the call to end when I hang up, not when the host hangs up.

Skype 7 is the most awful experience of any Skype version or any other IM client.


It is not customizable, the UI uses WAY too much screen real estate, it uses an incredible amount of memory compared to previous versions, and the color palette makes some text impossible to see.


Until some forward progress is made toward allowing users to completely customize the UI (like all other IM clients do), and memory usage is kept in check, I'm sticking with 6.14.


Please stop integrating Skype updates in the "Important" update schedule so that they are automatically updated with the rest of Windows. Move them to Recommended, and all is well.

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.

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.

I frequently switch between both headphones and speakers, and because I use a program to switch the default audio device and NOT manually unplug the headphones every time Skype does not switch with the rest of my computer's settings. This is especially infuriating because Skype USED TO HAVE THIS OPTION, AND REMOVED IT.


Please just add the ability for Skype to use the Default Audio Device.



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!


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