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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.

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.

Custom Emotes

Status: Under consideration
by BananasGoMoo on ‎30-01-2014 04:12

My idea is to add custom emotes such as the ones from WLM, since all of those users were merged onto Skype, it would be nice to have that feature again.

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.

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.



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!


Seen Feature

Status: Under consideration
by Ava1338 on ‎21-01-2014 13:15 - last edited on ‎21-01-2014 15:42 by Mirunan Staff

Hi, I have seen this system on "Facebook". It tells you if the person has read your message. It is a really useful feature. Just avoids spamming, harassing etc. It would also show you if the person/user is ignoring you or not.

Could you please add the same feature to Skype? It would be great.


How is the system working?:
You pm someone, If he saw your message without reply = It'll display this small line/message "Seen 00:00 PM/AM"


An example:

 Seen feature


Thank you so much!



Status: Under consideration
by DannyBoy11122 on ‎31-01-2014 23:58

There should be themes like what Windows live messenger used to have :happy:


Thank you

Basically, when setting yourself to Do Not Disturb mode, it would ask you if you wanted to receive notifications from certain people, or from nobody.  This change would be useful if you don't want to receive notifications from everyone on your Contact List at a certain time, and just wanted to receive them from a few that you could select.

Status: Under consideration
Thank you for your feedback, I have moved this item to Under Consideration.

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: More Information needed

We have taken a lot of this feedback into account when building Skype 7.0 which offers more customization options:

Please review and share your feedback in that topic, so that we can make 7.1 even better.


Provide additional statuses

Status: Under consideration
by Mirunan Staff on ‎14-01-2014 20:53

Would like a feature that shows that I am in a call.  This would help to show other users that I am busy in a call and may not respond to their messages immediately.


Selective status availability to contacts

Status: Under consideration
by dr.agisic on ‎18-01-2014 20:13 - last edited on ‎04-02-2014 19:22 by Mirunan Staff

It would be great if possible to choose what contacts in my contact list could see my online status.

Status: Under consideration
Thank you for your feedback and helping to clarify the scenarios!

Transfer Calls

Status: Under consideration
by od.james on ‎07-03-2014 10:28
We use Skype for business use. It would be extremely handy to transfer a live call to another Skype account.<br><br>This feature used to exist, but was removed. Please bring it back. Skype cannot claim Skype for Business unless it has basic business calling functions!



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.

Status: Under consideration

Thanks for submitting this idea and providing the scenario details. Here's a summary of the current chat admin functionality

We are looking into how the message level moderation functionality can make a return in group chats.


Arrange a Skype meeting & meeting reminder

Status: Under consideration
by Staff Moderator Staff Moderator on ‎15-01-2014 21:50 - last edited on ‎18-01-2014 04:17 by scottstumsft Staff

It would be good to have the ability to set up a Skype meeting with specific Skype contacts and then also to have an automatic reminder for the meeting for all the participants.
Also to view inside Skype schedule of Skype meetings which you could postpone, cancel, decline, accept.


Support spell check

Status: Implemented
by Mirunan Staff on ‎14-01-2014 18:21

Currently spell check is not supported within the Windows desktop client.  Adding spell check will allow for users to ensure that they will not be mis-spelling items when posting on Skype.

Status: Implemented
Spell check is available in the latest Skype for Windows desktop from when used on Windows 8.1. We are using the system spell check for that.

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.

98% of the voips have this feature, raidcall,teamspeak,vent. You can mute someone while speaking. Why can't this feature be in skype? I'm in a call and theres someone annoying as hell, I can't mute them at all. Can you add this feature please. I know lots of people want this.

Status: Comments Requested
Thank you for the feedback. This is a good idea. Would other users like to see this feature? Please add kudos and comments.

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.

I know this has been discussed many times, but it would be really nice to add an OPTION (in the OPTIONS menu) that lets you make the close button actually close Skype. I'm not saying it should replace the current way or even be default. I would just like the option to do that.


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