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  1. Bring back privacy settings

    Allow me to define who can send me messages. Either only people on my contact list or everyone.

    170 votes
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    17 comments  ·  Settings  ·  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

  2. Enable international date (dd/mm/yy) and time (24h/12h) format

    Add an option for time and date formatting

    159 votes
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    27 comments  ·  Settings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Properly restore ability to vary the font and font size of chat

    The thread "Ability to vary the font and font size of chat" was wrongly marked as "Complete". (https://skype.uservoice.com/forums/914527-welcome-to-skype-ideas/suggestions/35074219-ability-to-vary-the-font-and-font-size-of-chat)

    Since users cannot reopen closed threads, our only recourse is to create a new thread.

    In Skype 7, it was possible to set the choice of font and the precise size of the font to be used for chats. In Skype 8, this was removed.

    Skype 8 has added a choice of five vaguely-named sizes but does not allow selection of the font or proper control of the font size.

    We therefore request the restoration of the actual settings available…

    97 votes
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    31 comments  ·  Settings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Bring back Camera settings (specifically light adjustments)

    Like the previous version, hopefully we can also adjust the camera's lighting and other camera options.

    61 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Settings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Working on it  ·  Cagla at Skype responded

    Hi there, thank you for your feedback. We have added these camera settings in the Windows desktop client and we are working on adding them to the Windows 10 client.

  5. Automatic Updates

    Please give us the option to turn off automatic updates. At the current way, it doesn't even ask permission to install the updates. We as users need more control over the update process. We don't want Skype controlling us.

    47 votes
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  6. We want Old Version Options in this new Update

    Can you add in the audio video Section... the option - to share video with your contacts "Yes" or "No" option like the old Skype versions had

    36 votes
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  7. Support and respect the reginal settings of the OS

    Skype should use the Operating Systems setting for Culture and UICulture.

    What that mean is that the display language has NOTHING to do with how to format and display dates. Times currency and so on.

    36 votes
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  8. Reinstall the old Sounds Menu to customise how Skype used to sound it the good old days.

    The old Sounds you could chose to customise Skype actions, like the old fashioned bell when the phone rings.

    29 votes
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  9. custom sounds

    Custom Sound like in classic skype

    28 votes
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  10. Allow us to turn off automatic updates in Skype 8.34.0.78.

    Not all of us want Skype to automatically update. There are reasons for this. Please give us the option to disable automatic updates. I have checked over and over for this option in settings and it's not there.

    26 votes
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  11. Make it possible to turn autoupdate off!

    Make it possible to turn autoupdate off!

    25 votes
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  12. Unlink Microsoft Account from Skype account

    When I got my laptop and signed in with my Microsoft Account for the first time, Microsoft decided to automatically create a Skype account which I didn't want and I can't delete it without deleting my Microsoft Account. And I can't unlink my Skype Account.

    24 votes
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  13. customize notification sounds

    Need to have the ability to change the notification sound for an incoming message on the Skype PC app. It is hard to hear the blip that we get now for an incoming message so it would be nice to be able to do custom sounds. Also same for the Iphone mobile App.

    24 votes
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  14. video settings back

    I would like the video settings back. The control of the whiteness balance, brightness, background lighting, etc.

    24 votes
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  15. Spelling: It should be possible to set the default communication language for each contact in Skype

    Each contact should have a setting for the language you use communicating with this contact.

    24 votes
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  16. I want to activate or deactivate automatic updates

    Allow the users to deactivate automatic updates..or at least automatic installation of updates

    23 votes
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  17. Provide a way to turn "update" off.

    This new version of Skype doesn't allow turning update off, and with it now being automatic when you try to start Skype, that update always occurs at a most inconveinient time (for me anyway). I can appreciate your programmers tend to think us users are incompetent, but that isn't always the case. The older version had a number of good features you eliminated, inhibiting update is just one very useful feature.

    22 votes
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  18. 22 votes
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  19. to be able to automatically be signed in as invisible

    to have an option to be able to be invisible when you are signed in in settings

    22 votes
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  20. Automatic updating on skype 8

    Hi. it would be nice if you add an option to disable automatic updates for skype, because for example newer versions might have some issues temporarily and we prefer to stay on older versions untill the problem solves in the next versions. Thanks for listening to my feedback. Have a great day.

    21 votes
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