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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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"
Thank you so much!
I don't like the new Skype user interface. (Version 184.108.40.206)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.