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  1. Add cryptocurrency micropayments to Skype (XRP and others)

    Dear Skype, The age of MicroPayments has come and we need your support. The era of Internet of Value is kocniking at the door. My idea is to implement micropayments in Skype. Allow us to buy SkypeCredits with XRpTipBot , allow us to send micro payments on Skype chat as well.
    Please have a look at http://xrptipbot.com/ and its open API https://www.xrptipbot.com/app/api-spec which is pretty easy to implement.
    XRPtipBot is now available in 40+ languages. It's available for Twitter / Reddit / Discord / Telegram and recently has been added to Microsoft Outlook please visit http://moneymessage.radynamics.com/moneymessage_www/
    What's more it has…

    2,309 votes
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    251 comments  ·  Messaging  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi. Thanks for sharing this Idea! Cryptocurrency micropayments sounds really cool right :) Like any other leading technology company Microsoft is already testing blockchain.
    Although I don’t have any information about cryptocurrency adoption for Skype or any other MS product, please keep continue supporting this Idea. I will share it with our teams :)
    Note: I’ve edited the title of this Idea little bit so it fits to cryptocurrencies generally ;)

    - Petr

  2. Fix Skype to support Clownfish app again

    hello we expect innovation in the new releases for the operation of the application named clownfish
    (the program does not work in new versions)
    Link of the application: https://clownfish-translator.com

    157 votes
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    89 comments  ·  Audio and Video Calling  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. 645 votes
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    190 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you all for sharing your ideas! We have a lot of great feedback from you and we really appreciate it! We love the passion!
    We used to categorize your submissions with lists of multiple requests, however we’re overwhelmed now. Going forward we will only accept submissions with single requests. It will help us to better prioritize which features we will work on next and understand what is most important for you.

    Thanks for joining our community and helping improve Skype!

    - Petr

  4. 2,030 votes
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    420 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We hear you. We love Skype version 7 too. We’re working to build the Skype experience you’ve come to depend on for so long on today’s platforms for today’s user. It would be impossible to bring back the full catalog of features available in previous versions of Skype all at once, our engineering systems just don’t work that way. We are committed to evolving the current Skype experience to match your needs over time. As we release new Skype features, we’ll update this site. You can also follow @Skype and @SkypeInsider on Twitter for the latest news too.
    Thank you all for your feedback.

  5. Stop forcing the update and keep Skype 7 alive!

    Skype 7 works fine for me and all my needs. The new update does not function for me on my desktop. It works like an annoying app. I hate it. Most people do. Stop forcing everyone to update and allow us to use the old version if we want to.

    1,468 votes
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    458 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We realize moving away from older versions of Skype is an inconvenience and we’re sorry for that. We wouldn’t be moving everyone forward if it wasn’t absolutely necessary. Watch this site for news about features we’re adding to the current version of Skype and reach out to @SkypeSupport on Twitter if you need help getting settled in the new app.

    Thanks all for all the comments and votes around this topic.

  6. Please bring back Skype Classic

    Please give us back Skype like it used to function.
    Skype 8 is a vastly inferior application. It is greatly lacking in functionality, it is less user friendly, and it doesn't even function well.
    I honestly don't care if you, the developers, are extremely proud of the new user interface, or if you feel that "unifying" the tablet, phone and desktop experience is a good idea. It simply isn't. Skype 8 is worse than Skype 7 ("Classic") in every way. So please just graciously accept your mistake, and allow those of us who want, revert to Skype Classic, and let's…

    306 votes
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  7. Make an option to turn on/off Skype from opening when windows starts on windows 10.

    I can't find the option to do this on my version of Skype, I'd really appreciate the ability to do this.

    176 votes
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    57 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi. Thanks for the feedback. If you want to stop Skype from starting automatically just go to the Settings – General – and toggle Automatically start Skype to Off.

    The option to stop Skype from automatically starting is not available in Skype for Windows 10 (version 14). To stop Skype from automatically starting, just sign out of the app.

    Hope it helps :)

    - Petr

  8. Bring back USERNAMES

    Allow us to change Skype username!

    834 votes
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    249 comments  ·  Profile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you all who voted for this request! We have recently made changes which should allow you to see your Username. On Skype 8 You can see it in Settings > Account & Profile under Skype Name field.

    In case you created an account using email or phone number you will see your username as live:emailid or live:uniqueidentifier.

    No exact release date is available but we are working on adding support to allow users to customize their user name. I’ll keep you posted as we move closer to release

    - Petr

  9. Add the ability to customize different types of notifications and its settings for calling/receiving/IM, ringtones, volume, online/offline..

    possibility to modify sounds and notifications like in Skype 7
    - startup and quit sound
    - ringtones (in/out coming)
    - volume
    - when somebody goes online/offline
    - ability to disable all notifications
    - notification even when active

    959 votes
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    196 comments  ·  Notifications  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Some of the most consistent feedback we’ve received from you has to do with sounds and how you are notified about the goings on in Skype 8. We understand that all of these things are important for you and we are working on it.

    Thank you for your patience
    - Petr

  10. Make skype compatible with ios 9

    My grandmother has an old Ipad 3 with ios 9.3.5 installed on it. She used to use this app a lot to call our relatives. Now it isn't woking because it wants ios 10 installed witch cant be installed on old devices. Please, give users possibility to download an older version. We need skype for ipad on ios 9.3.5

    158 votes
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  11. 384 votes
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    96 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Retain all chat history locally (regardless of the cloud), like Skype 7

    Skype 8 should retain chat history locally in ADDITION to the cloud, which stores only 2 years of it. It not doing this now means that eventually older history will "scroll off" the cloud, gone forever. All history should (optionally) be stored locally, like in earlier versions of Skype.

    And merely letting us export (which Skype 8 also doesn't do for its OWN history, as opposed to Skype 7's history) isn't a sufficient solution, since having a bunch of export files around is hardly an efficient way to find an old message.

    613 votes
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    93 comments  ·  Messaging  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    We hear you  ·  Erin at Skype responded

    We hear your feedback and are looking into options to make sure you can more easily access your history in Skype.

    In the mean time you can use Export Chat History in settings to export your Skype 7 conversations on your computer. From there you can open the conversations in a browser and search using the browser search command.

  13. The ability to actually close the program.

    You know, like every other program in existence. What a novel effing idea that would be!

    128 votes
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  14. Bring back the search functionality as it was in previous classic version + add/improve other search features

    Bring back the Search functionality. (as it was in previous classic version)

    Currently the searching functionality is not up to the mark. As in earlier skype versions a user can search anything in a particular chat, but currently it seems very distracting as it search the whole skype history and user can not find the exact results for which he/she is searching.

    406 votes
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  15. 595 votes
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    32 comments  ·  Messaging  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We have been listening to your feedback. In 8.33+ you can see all the results found for your message search. No more 20 limit.

    We’re still working on a solution for the 6 months limitation. I’ll post an update when it’s available.
    - Petr

  16. Improve performance - Skype should have a minimal memory and cpu footprint

    Most of the time Skype is running in the background as non-active application. When it does and is idle (not processing user input), it should consume zero cpu and have a minimal footprint.

    Skype need to be able to keep the most essential parts from getting swapped out to ensure a snappy, fast and lag-free response when a a call or message is received, or when the user wants to interact with the Skype application.

    When Skype is active it still need to use minimal cpu and memory, so to not interfere with other activities the user is doing while…

    524 votes
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    84 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you all for the feedback. We are continuously working to improve the quality of Skype. Please feel free to report any crashes or performance issues on answers.microsoft.com including steps that lead to a crash so that the community can help troubleshoot the issue.
    - Petr

  17. Update the back end of Skype 7 to make it compatible with Skype 8.

    One of the justifications offered for forcing the update from Skype 7 to Skype 8 is that Skype 7 is less secure and is not compliant with the GDPR data handling regulations.

    Neither of these things affects the user interface in any way whatsoever.

    The server infrastructure for Skype 8 has been updated to cope with these new requirements.

    The "back end" of the Skype client, which handles message storage and transmission, has been updated in Skype 8, but Skype 8 is still sorely lacking in basic UI functionality.

    The Skype 7 back end should be updated to use the…

    151 votes
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  18. Option to change ringtone

    Option to change ringtone

    96 votes
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  19. Skype account

    Skype ID: Please Provide an option changing name in skype account according to user
    SKype Account deletion :please provide an option to delete skype account when a user request to skype agent

    34 votes
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  20. Add ability to change skype name, delete skype account

    Forcing skype accounts on existing microsoft accounts without the option to change the skype name, delete/unlink the skype account, or link an already existing skype account to the user's microsoft account is asinine. Please update these features immediately, users should not have to delete their entire pre-existing microsoft account to work around these issues.

    17 votes
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