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  1. Request to Add more available Status

    Request to Add more available Status

    Require few more status like Away or Be right back

    50 votes
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    11 comments  ·  Profile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Over the past few months you were asking us to improve Skype statuses. We have heard your feedback loud and clear and we plan to make status messages an integral part of your presence. Check out the link below for more details. I’ll post an update when it’s available.

    - Petr

    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/skype/forum/skype_featurems/bringing-you-more-control-over-your-skype-status/fd40b538-9f61-4972-bf70-05af53316626?page=15

  2. Gender

    Offer other options under 'gender' for profile. Just offering 'male' and 'female' is outdated and excludes a large minority of people who are not either and are happy to disclose their gender. If Skype/Microsoft wishes to be seen as inclusive and progressive, then they will offer other options than just 'Other', for e.g. 'Non-Binary'. There are many academic studies that more than suggest the need for more inclusive demographic/profile forms, and many agencies, organisations and even governments who are making positive steps to be more inclusive with demographic information. Microsoft as a major influencer should at least keep up with…

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    4 comments  ·  Profile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We definitely understand the need here and really appreciate your feedback! As an open minded company we believe in the transformative power of diversity and inclusion, and we strive to create an environment that improves your Skype experience. Thanks for helping improve Skype!

    - Petr

  3. Bring back USERNAMES

    Allow us to change Skype username!

    891 votes
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    265 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

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