25-04-2013 05:46 - edited 25-04-2013 05:53
Messenger users are really upset with this Skype transition primarily because Skype is not truly a part of the Microsoft ecosystem. It doesn't integrate with anything nicely with Microsoft's ecosystem - it's pretty much just the same old Skype with Microsoft's logo on it. We're even having troubles logging in.
These are just SOME of the main issues that previously worked fine in Messenger:
- Favorites from my Microsoft contact list do not show as Favorites in my Skype list
- You can't do half the things you could do on Messenger (i.e. instant picture/video sharing, custom emoticons, etc.)
- It doesn't use "Connected Services" from our Microsoft account (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) like all other Microsoft services (i.e. Xbox, Outlook.com, Windows Phone, etc.).
- The UI and emoticons are not metro style (consistent with all of the rest of Microsoft's apps).
- You have to click "Microsoft account" to log in, instead of being able to just simply login like you used to.
- While the video experience is great, the chat experience is horrible compared to Messenger.
They really should have waited until Skype had a major overhaul before forcing us to upgrade.
I really hope the Skype team acts fast to make this a truly connected experience because this is just one big mess.
The chat experience is AWFUL. I could easily change my colors, my text, my backgrounds, have custom (and actually nice looking) emoticons.... I was forced to do this and I already hate it. There's a very distinct reason I used MSN/Windows Live Messenger over Yahoo or ICQ or Skype... and having to make this change is making me think I'll switch to something else. There's no good reason for me to use Skype... it's not what I chose, it's not what I like, it's not made for chatting, which is what I WANT it for. I don't need to make calls with it.... that's what I have a cell phone for. I don't need it for video chat... I can do that on my phone if I want to, and I don't have anyone I want to video chat with. So, it's all about the IMs... and Skype is ridiculously boring, uncustomizable...
I hope something is being planned to change this. If you're going to discontinue one thing that was popular and 'replace' it with something else, that something else should have at least some of the features of the first program, there should be some 'merging'. Otherwise, you're losing lots of people...