I too want to add my voice to all those who find this new home page annoying and intrusive. As I'm not interested in Facebook, I want the option to suppress this feature because it serves no purpose other than to annoy me.
I've installed the Kill Skype Home work-around but it's not the best solution for me.
Here's hoping that Skype actually will listen to the users and make an option available to manage this "feature" the way that I want to.
I agree with everyone else - Skype Home Autostart is annoying and intrusive and the option to disable it needs to be added. I have no interest in using Skype for social networking - I have Facebook and Twitter for that - so please give us the option to remove this irritating feature ASAP!
Incredible we can't disable this stupid and annoying feature. I'll look into the assembly code to see if it is simple to skip the call that opens the window. Anybody already tried?
I have been complaining every day to Skype simply to let them know how many pages of complaints there are. Latest reply:
We understand that you have concerns about the Skype home for the newest version of Skype. We are more than willing to look into this matter.
As mentioned on our previous emails, we have already forwarded this matter to our development team but it really takes time to make changes to the interface of the Skype application. Changes like this can not be done overnight. We hope for your understanding of this matter.
Should any further issues arise, please feel free to contact us again.
Note they say "it takes time to make changes to the interface". So how much time did they spend in changing the interface in the first place? They could have saved all of that time (& money) by not implementing something which is so unpopular. Didn't they do any market research?
As an aside, has anybody used the Spellchecker when adding a post? It doesn't recognise Skype and wants to substitute with the word "Keep" and doesn't recognise Autostart and wants to substitute with the word "outsmart"! Are they trying to tell us something?!
Same thing here, paying Skype user, using Skype 220.127.116.11, Professional account, compact mode. Skype Home is useless and very annoying. Please at least allow deactivating it. Looking forward to Lync / Skype integration.
26-08-2011 10:20 - edited 26-08-2011 10:32
Yep. Just signed up like the majority of people in this thread to cast my complaint.
This is just one of the more awful changes Skype has made. I'm quite mad that there's no option to turn this crap off. But more importantly, why is Skype using more memory and CPU than all the other versions as it gains revision points? Are your engineers just adding code and services without thinking about efficiency?
Skype used to keep a log of all conversations from the beginning of the conversation. Now it appears I can only go back 6 months on a conversation. WTF? I have conversations that go back 2-3 years that I like to review and with the update that changed this, I lost a lot of information. I'm now finding myself copying certain conversations to text files. That's so lame.
Skype, I'm moving my stuff to Google Talk. It may not have conversation recalling either, but that seems to be a common denominator. And considering Google Talk doesn't eat a ton of resources on my system, it's starting to look better and better.
Currently Skype is using 187,000KB of memory. <-- Wow.
Currently Google Talk is using 24,000KB of memory. <-- Nice!
They both do the same thing. I'm lost as to what makes skype so freaking bloated. As web app developer, I code so that my applications use as few resources as possible to run. Doing so allows even the crappiest of servers to run my software. Seems that you guys aren't even remotely in this for efficiency. It actually seems you want to pack useless crap, like this home window, into your software and ignore what machines can run it. While my computer is a Core i7 with 6GB of DDR3, I appreciate not having to use those resources that I use for work on software that I only use for IM'ing other business contacts.
Lame, Skype. Just lame.