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.
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.
Can we please have an option to import old Skype chat history (main.db) and see it in our chat logs? It's technically feasible - Skyperious is able to manually merge Skype databases. It's just the artificial limits built in to Skype8 that prevent messages older than 2 years from being visible (even if they exist in the main.db database). Do you really want to lose to FB Messenger and Discord that badly, Microsoft?
P Dolby commented
Not been able to use it for nearly 2 years.
Old archives offline chat lost when upgrading and it trashed my system (cannot find my offline data anywhere on my PC).
Current version (18.104.22.168) won't even log into Skype online (Sorry, we couldn't connect you.) so I assume this is due to the age of my PC and system.
SERIOUSLY dissatisfied with Skype and lost access to, and records for all my contact accumulated for the last decade.
Wonderful Micro$oft product development, up to the highest standards of Micro$oft services.
Chat export does not work, delivers only 1 kb empty files. Unacceptable! I need a chat export for business purposes!
WE NEED LOCAL STORAGE.
I HAVE LOGS SINCE 2011.
NOW I CAN'T HAVE.
Fix that. we dont care about cloud.
In Skype 8 everyting is worse compared to Skype 7.x and lower.
Could you please ensure that the export facility includes the ability to export the Skype to Skype call history (with dates, start time, end time and duration) and the Skype to external number call history (with the same detail) not just "Chats" as you call them. This is a business requirement for logging support calls etc.
You say Skype 8.5 stores 2 years of chat history? Is there an Export chat history in 8.5? If so where could I find it in settings or how could I do that? In my opinion (not trying to be rude, apologies if I am) you should add a "pin message" feature, but at the same time you guys should know that there's people (like myself) that like to go back and read old messages, I've figured out that for every new message sent a previous older message gets deleted (and excuse my language) and it absolutely pisses me off because I can't search a word in the sentence from a message I'm looking for when I want to read it. At the same time, this is why Skype is losing to Discord, because Discord functions better with messages and they don't "scroll off the cloud", Discord keeps excellent logging, and doesn't delete messages unless you delete them yourself.
Come on commented
Don't Skype have enough money to hire programmers so we could use export chat log like ver 7? Why did you blocked people from using skype 7 in the first place?
People really want that back and all Skype did was "ok we'll think about it" in 2018 Sep. and still not doing it in 2019 Oct. HELLO???
It's not like people ask skype to be like good old MSN, which can save chat logs in many file types(.txt, .doc, xlm...)whenever we wanted to. we want to keep our chat logs from very first lines to end. Just give us version 7 back. Most people will be happy to have ver7 back. I don't want any more IMPROVEMENT in skype way. What skype do in each update is give its user pure anger and agony so eventually no one will use this program anymore. If that's what you want, I have nothing to say, but if skype really want to make more money little longer, do us a favour and bring back what we ask you for so long.
Please guys, add this option! We need this for our K1 packet ... Why in the **** you remove features that was there before.... Really. Hurry please.
NEED to be able to export and read skype chats for court ordered demand. Skype 8.5 is trash. Come on guys! I did it JUST fine for someone who had 8.49. but this is just dumb.
9 months later, and nothing yet???
Bob Tantlinger commented
It is insane not to have the ability to log chat conversations. I mean gee, who'd actually want to go back and reference something from a year or two ago?
I can't even use the official skype client because of the lack of decent logging abilities. I am forced to use pidgin with the skypeweb plugin, which thankfully keeps a nice perpetual log of all chat conversations that is stored LOCALLY. But who knows how long this plugin will keep working as pidgin appears to be a dead project.
Please add unlimited message logging! Even better, have the logs stored locally. This is a MUST have for so many, it boggles the mind Microsoft removed this functionality.
Krzysztof Skiba commented
Export chat history is not working for me. It creates empty file. Really dissapointing.
Microsoft is doing to Skype what Microsoft did to NOKIA....
Skype 8 is a rare **** I've come across.
- Without older chat history (you can just scroll up to specific date)
- Without the ability to jump to the desired date
- With a chat history limit of 2 years
It's time to move on to use another program.
Marc Su. commented
They cannot think that far back, for this team of 'developers', that is like pre-history. They have no understanding whatsoever about what users used Skype for, brain to zero...
Michael Uray commented
I just noticed that there is a 2 years limit in the chat history now in Skype 8.
For what is this limit for? There was no limit before!
Mr Mister commented
I much prefer local storage of logs over the security and privacy violation of cloud storage that I have no control over. I know the cloud is handy for syncing but local storage is the only reason i use Skype and not Discord. If Skype fully switches to cloud storage bye bye Skype. I don't want just any random hacker to be able to have so much personal information nor do I want it in the hands of Microsoft that is so in bed with government surveillance.
Mr Mister commented
If Skype stores more than a month in the cloud like it did before and I can't turn it off I will forever quit Skype. I don't want my whole life in the hands of Microsoft. It's a serious security and privacy concern.
Dem Re commented
Like it was in Skype 7. It was very convinient to have all history stored locally since the start of using skype. You could click above on a date and click how much back you want to go, now it's impossible. The search through history also doesn't always work properly, it was working in Skype 7 well.
It has been 8 months since Erin responded. So we're never getting this. :( Good job, MS.
It's now possible to export chat history from the cloud by visiting https://go.skype.com/export
I still much rather Skype 8 also store chat history locally just like Skype 7.