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Wanted: Your Skype for Windows Desktop ideas

Community Manager Emeritus

We have just launched a new Windows Desktop Client idea board to let you all share and exchange your ideas on how to improve and develop Skype for Windows desktop client.


Before you start sharing your ideas, here are some guidelines to help you get started:


Idea Submission Guidelines


Make sure your ideas are for the right client.  This idea board is for Skype for Windows desktop client, not Skype for Windows 8.


Search before posting.  Do a quick search and make sure you are not submitting a duplicate. If the idea already exists show your support by giving kudos to the original idea rather than watering down the potential impact across multiple submissions.


Review the ideas of others.  Look at other ideas to see what your fellow community members are requesting and feel free to exchange on them in the comments section. While we take into account the numbers of kudos an idea receives, we also consider the amount and quality of member feedback when making our decisions.


Add value.  Vote for those items that you like and agree with by giving the idea a kudos. It's a way to recognize someone's effort and to signal to us how important the idea is to you. We are using votes and comments as a barometer to find out more about what our contributor community thinks is important, so we can factor this into our prioritization process.


Submit a new idea. Adding an idea is just like posting a message on a board. To create an idea, click on the “New Idea” button, located on the top left side of the idea board.


Be sure to enter a clear title and description of your idea so others can decide how they would like to vote. Be as clear as possible, tell us what your idea is. Remember to include how it would benefit users and why you think we should consider it as well as scenarios that you think the idea would be used it. That will not only help us to better understand what you want, but we may even be able to solve your problem more quickly another way. You can also preview your idea and check your spelling before you post the idea.


You will need to select a label for your idea, you can choose from one of the following labels:


Tell us how you would change the calling experience in Skype when making voice calls to contacts or phone numbers.


Video is one of the core functionalities of Skype, tell us how you would make it better!

Instant Messaging & Contacts

How would you make the messaging and contacts experience better?  You can also include ideas around how you would improve the main user interface of Skype within this label.


Today you can share photos, videos, files or your computer screen using Skype for Windows desktop. What would you change or add to the sharing experience to make it better?


Tips to draft your idea:

  • Start with a clear title
  • Include scenarios and use cases for how the idea would be used
  • Add appropriate label(s)
  • List features and benefits
  • Keep it short and to the point
  • Avoid tech speak

Do not be discouraged if your idea was not selected.  Sometimes what seems to be a simple idea may not be so simple to build. Some ideas take longer than others, and some ideas will not be possible within the scope of what we want to accomplish in the next year or so.


Be respectful.  Comply with the Community Guidelines and Skype etiquette.


Rights to Feedback: Skype may or may not use your comments, ideas, or suggestions. Skype reserves the right to use for any purpose including commercial purposes, comments, ideas, suggestions, code, products or services (“Content”) that are posted on this community without any obligation to compensate the individual or entity that provided the Content. By posting any Content in the community, you hereby relinquish any right you may have in such Content and to any future compensation for publication, use, distribution, license or sale of the same. By posting Content, you represent and warrant that you either own or control all of the rights to that Content, and such Content does not violate any third party rights or these Skype Terms of Service. You agree that all opinions expressed by users of this community are expressed in their individual capacities, and not as representatives of Skype.


Recent Feedback: We have gone through some of the recent posts on the Skype for Windows desktop board and gathered some of the improvement ideas posted there.  However we need your help to prioritize these ideas against other ideas that you may have.


Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Idea Board all about?

Idea Board is a new part of the Skype Community, where members can share their ideas about existing products and services. Anyone in the community can see and vote on the ideas you post.

We encourage you to give kudos and comment on submitted ideas as we are more likely to take the top kudoed and most discussed ones into consideration.


How do I navigate the Ideas Board? 

Finding your way around the ideas board is a pretty straightforward. Here are some of the things you will see to help you get around:

The sidebar widgets

In the sidebar you'll find more ways to sort the ideas board, see new and popular ideas and the top rated contributors to the idea board. It's also really easy to filter ideas by status, for instance if you only want to see ideas that are “Accepted”.


How to check if an idea exists already?

Use the search function filtering by the ideas board – or click here (direct link to search function)


What do the votes/kudos mean?

Just as you can give kudos in the community boards and blogs, you can vote for ideas you like on the Idea Board. Ideas with high vote totals are more likely to be recognized and accepted by the teams at Skype who develop our products and services. You can also leave comments on ideas, but remember to be kind!


What do the different idea statuses mean?

We strive to review submitted ideas on a biweekly/monthly cycle. Each idea will go through a life cycle that will be assigned statuses at each milestone. The statuses are explained here:


New Idea - Sparkly new idea, submitted by you, and ready to be vetted by the community.

Comments Requested - Items set as Comments Requested will be open to the community for feedback and votes.

Under consideration - Idea has been forwarded to appropriate business team who is determining feasibility.

More information needed - More information is needed before our Product Management team can take this forward, please review the comments left by the team.

Duplicate - Ideas in this status have already been submitted in some form or another. We will link these items over to the other idea so you can review the status or track the progress there.

Already exists - This is available in the product. 

Future possibility - Idea is a good one but not something we can include in a near-term product or software release.

Accepted - Idea has been accepted and has been taken forward for implementation, check back soon for updates.

Not right now - We like the idea but just not for right now, we will revisit it in the future.

Implemented - You asked for it, we did it!


My idea has been accepted. How long will it take to be implemented?

Sadly, we will not be able to provide dates for the implementation of any accepted ideas within the community due to the number of factors involved. Please be patient and let us make sure it is completely ready before we make it available.


How will I know if an idea has been implemented?

You can track the status of your ideas as your ideas are sent to the people here at Skype who can make them happen and you will see the status of your idea is updated. We will be telling you if the idea is something we are working on now or would like to do in the future, or if it’s something that is not feasible for us at this time. To ensure you don’t miss any updates select “Subscribe” from the “Idea Options” menu when viewing your idea.


What ideas have been implemented so far?

You can check the "Accepted and Implemented ideas" topic which we will post once the first idea got implemented.


Can I edit or delete my ideas comments?

No, you can't. Be sure to check your spelling and preview your comment before you post it; you can't edit a comment once it's posted.


Who moderates/ manages the ideas board and in what frequency?

The community team is monitoring the board on the daily basis and product managers will come in on a bi-weekly basis to update statuses of the ideas and post their comments.


If Skype decides not to pursue my idea, will you tell me why?

We do not always provide the reasons for our decisions regarding ideas submitted for review but will strive to provide an explanation where possible.


If I am not comfortable submitting my idea over the Internet, is there another way I can do so?

No. Unfortunately we are only collecting ideas using the idea board at this time.

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Wait!! If you about to post a reply to this thread this post is for you!


You guys who have posted obviously have not read the first sentence of the long OP, let alone the whole thing.

This is the wrong place.


Post them here which is formatted for handling requests:


If you are asking questions about skype issues this thread is really the wrong place lol. Getting an answer to yoru question will require a little effort on your part.

First go here:

Read through that page, if you want to narrow it down and search, use the search.

Since the search targets all skype forums, include which OS you are on.


However since you all are probably on windows, click this link and use search or browse topics.

Do not post a new thread without using search. Look for forum topics marked as [Solved]. Doing otherwise spams the forum and is globally known as inappropriate and poor forum etiquette.


Thank you

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