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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…

    2,305 votes
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    243 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. 2,021 votes
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    419 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.

  3. 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.

    1,460 votes
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    455 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.

  4. I want the compact version with multiple chat windows. This version sucks!

    Get back the compact version with multiple chat windows, This one is horrible, there is nothing I like. And please get rid of that annoying Cortana. Seems to me that Microsoft is doing its best to push customers out of using Skype.

    984 votes
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    128 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We have been listening to your feedback and we’ve added Split View to Windows, Mac, and Linux! You can now keep your contact list up in one window and your conversations in another. Right now its available in the latest version Skype for Desktop Insider Preview 8.51.76.74+. The feature is rolling out gradually over the next couple of days so if you don’t see it right away, just check again soon!
    Also our teams are working hard to make it available for public release soon. Check it out and let me know how you like it :) Thx!

    - Petr

  5. 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

    945 votes
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    194 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

  6. Bring back USERNAMES

    Allow us to change Skype username!

    803 votes
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    236 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

  7. 642 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

  8. 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.

    605 votes
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    91 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.

  9. 582 votes
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    28 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

  10. 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…

    518 votes
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    83 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

  11. Bring back split view for all versions

    The original "Bring back split view" thread was marked as "complete" even though it is only available in the Windows 10 app, not the desktop version.
    (See https://skype.uservoice.com/forums/914527-welcome-to-skype-ideas/suggestions/35070772-bring-back-split-view)

    Split view mode must be made available in the desktop version too.

    470 votes
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    222 comments  ·  Messaging  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    You asked, we delivered! Split View Mode is now available in the latest version Skype for Desktop Insider Preview 8.51.76.74+ for Windows, Mac and Linux. Our teams are working hard to make it available for public release soon. Check it out and let us know how you like it :)

    - Petr

  12. 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.

    400 votes
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    60 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Ability to create custom contact lists

    The ability to group contacts in custom lists such "Friends", "Family" etc, and be able to show those within the app.

    374 votes
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    68 comments  ·  Contacts  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi everyone, thanks so much for this request. We have thought this through and due to other high priority engineering that the product needs we decided to prioritize other user-requested items for now. Please keep continue supporting this Idea and we will review it again later. I’ll let you know if anything changes.

    - Petr

  14. 369 votes
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    95 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. 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…

    293 votes
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    66 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. Skype should follow Microsofts design guidelines

    It should go without saying that Microsoft should follow your own design guidelines.

    Microsoft UWP design guidelines:
    https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/design

    Microsoft design guidelines for desktop applications:
    https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/design

    In addition to this you should consult Jakob Nielsen (not optional) and without exception follow all his recommendations.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jakob_Nielsen_(usability_consultant)

    286 votes
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    16 comments  ·  Design  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. support copy/paste of ANY media type

    It should be possible to copy/paste any media type to or from Skype.

    Skype should provide all possible clipboard formats for data copied from Skype. Ex, If I copy a jpg photo someone sent me, it should be provided to the clipboard in all possible image formats (dib, wmf, gif, png, jpg, tiff, bmp, ...) and if the image contain text, then the output of an OCR of the image should be there as well. The original type is the default.

    When copying data to Skype, a best effort should be made to get that data into the message. As…

    243 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Messaging  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you all who voted for this suggestion! We are continuously working to improve the quality and functionality of Skype to meet your needs and really appreciate your support and patience. I’ll let you know if anything changes.
    - Petr

  18. Make Skype a full sms app that can replace or work along side a stock messaging app like WhatsApp does

    Skype could be the best sms app but you need to allow it to especially work on phones and connect to a desktop PC via some web link. Google messenger and whatsapp both have this option why can't Microsoft allow this. Use Microsoft authenticator easy way better than a quarter code.
    Skype has the potential but is slipping behind all the other apps because of the lack of this feature

    203 votes
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  19. Show local time for contacts

    I would be nice to see contacts local time, especial for Countries with different time zones Read: USA Canada Australia ………..and the fact that DTS are on different dates in different part of the world, would make it even more useful .

    186 votes
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  20. Add more emoticons + option to turn off emoji conversions

    - please add more emoticons/emojis
    - option to turn off emoji conversations
    - support for touch bar on Macbook Pro
    - possibility to use native system emoticons
    - possibility to import emoticons

    185 votes
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    68 comments  ·  Design  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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