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  1. 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/JakobNielsen(usability_consultant)

    295 votes
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  2. 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

    191 votes
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  3. 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…

    154 votes
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  4. Abandon the Swiss Design philosophy that was introduced in Windows 8

    The industry trend of re-working applications using design philosophies meant for mobile devices has been a gigantic mistake that has completely ruined the desktop experience.

    Skype is merely the latest casualty to this trend of so called 'modern' mobile-centric design.

    Applications created with this philosophy removes features, reduces productivity, and introduces interfaces using flat design and minimalist concepts that are difficult to understand and annoying to work with.

    If we've learned anything in the 6 years since the release of Windows 8 is that Desktop users want a Desktop experience. Metro and the design philosophies behind it have driven the…

    78 votes
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  5. Classic view!

    Classic Skype view...split windows for contacts and active messages.

    42 votes
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  6. just update security on old skype

    yeah old skype has horrible security flaws and loopholes but this new update is just complete TRASH so instead of ruining it for everyone jsut update the old one

    36 votes
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  7. redesign the whole thing, it's awful (Skype version 8.38.76.114)

    pay attention to ALL the THOUSANDS of users complaining about new skype 'preview' (whatever that is supposed to mean!).

    it really is RUBBISH!

    35 votes
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  8. Go back to the option to view in 2 different windows. This takes up way too much screen space and makes multitasking impossible.

    Go back to the option to view in 2 different windows. This takes up way too much screen space and makes multitasking impossible.

    34 votes
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  9. You´re skype 8.0 and newer versions are terrible. it does not let me copy and paste the call history with the call information

    You´re skype 8.0 and newer versions are terrible. it does not let me copy and paste the call history with the call information

    27 votes
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  10. Please Restore Skype To What Everyone Once Loved

    This is something that has been bothering me for years. The updates have been making Skype look really atrocious. Now, I know it is the changing in design trends and trends of design changes all the time. It really does annoy me that the design trends are changing but nothing annoys me more than the design change of Skype. Basically what I am trying to say is please restore the old sound effects, restore the green color, and basically make it simple again. Also, the gradient message bubbles really annoy me. Also, I really enjoyed the old emoticons. I will…

    21 votes
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  11. Bring Close button [X] on right

    Some popup window like "Settings" shows Close button [x] on left. In Windows OS, it should be right side. It is very irritating to click sometime left , sometime right.

    21 votes
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  12. Option to disable Skype emoji animations

    Old Skype versions had the ability to disable Skype emoji animations and I would like to see this option in current Skype version as well.

    20 votes
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  13. Why can I not separate (or popout) a contact window separae from main window? FIX PLEASE!

    Why can I not separate (or popout) a contact window separae from main window? FIX PLEASE!

    19 votes
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  14. Screen Footprint

    The "new format" has Far too big a footprint on my screen & there does't seem to be any way to make it smaller. Want to have a "compact" vesion - About the same size as before.

    19 votes
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  15. 19 votes
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  16. Please allow old skype accounts with same hotmail email to be merged with hotmail account so we can see and use everything under 1 account.

    Allow for merging information under old skype account with hotmail account so I dont need to have 2 skype accounts.

    18 votes
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  17. Like old Skype, Translator should start in same window. And also translation for both users should br changeable by single user in GUI

    Like old Skype, Translator should start in same window. And also translation for both users should br changeable by single user in GUI interface not in CLI,

    18 votes
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  18. Access to old Skype

    Hello Skype Team. Immediately I will describe my proposal. I think many would like to use the versions that they want, for example: Someone wants to use Skype 8.x, and someone (I) wants to use Skype 5.x version. Open access to old versions. Let them download the one who needs it.

    Sincerely, Dmitry.

    17 votes
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  19. Allow the user to choose whether to upgrade to a new version. Force updates are a NIGHTMARE to support as you often get it wrong!

    Allow the user to choose whether to upgrade to a new version. Force updates are a NIGHTMARE to support as you often get it wrong! I have remote living 80 year olds who rely on skype to communicate with friends so when you get it wrong they die! Well they are not happy for a few months till I turn up for a visit!

    17 votes
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  20. Pictures no longer open in an external image viewer, please fix this because your viewer sux

    Pictures no longer open in an external image viewer, please fix this because your viewer sux

    16 votes
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