Skype Reviews

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The forced update to the UWP version of Skype is a showstopper. People are leaving this service in droves. For years at work, we've relied on Skype as a primary means of communication and within the space of months, Microsoft have been solely responsible for driving away it's own user base.

We now use Slack, but there are now many options that are more viable than this new busted Skype.

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I don't know what happened with this app.
From the version 8 it is completely unusable for me, I don't see any new feature and on the contrary I can't perform some basic/fundamental operations that I was used to do with the previous version.
I hope to find soon a valid alternative.

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I completely agree. I share the same thoughts and it seems the common senses for everyone. I just hope MS fixes it or just leave it on the old release.


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Skype was pretty terrible from the start, but it has been completely devastated through recent updates. The UWP version of the client was (like almost every UWP app) an entirely unusable, feature-free toy that wasn't useful for anything, but at least we could use the legacy desktop version. Now my Windows 7 client was updated to a similarly horrible version that won't let me do any of the things I used to do in Skype anymore.

It's one of those mind-bogglingly bloated Electron applications, which means you'll get a 180 MB monstrosity of a JS framework and browser, for functionality that used to fit into 3 MB. Of course that also means that its UI is built with web technologies, which means it's a disgrace to even call it a desktop app – it's not anymore. It's as numbingly slow and high-latency as you would expect a web app to be. Don't even get me started on memory consumption. 400 MB in idle without any windows open? You bet. Damned be the day that web developers began to be able/allowed to develop for Desktop, because they don't have a freaking clue what they're doing.

Of course, the best part is that it's a complete re-write, with an estimated 95% of the features that the previous Skype clients had simply gone without replacement. Contact groups? Gone. Chat search? Gone. Configuration options? Gone. Now it's just another flashy-looking but useless toy that doesn't cater to anyone's needs anymore, with the only distinguishing feature being that some old contacts of yours might still be using it. Ditch it, the sooner the better.

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Skype is self-destructing. Constant forced updates that don't improve anything, they just make it harder to find what settings they have screwed up. My CEO has tasked me with finding an alternative for company-wide use. Then it will be "Goodbye Skype".

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Awful and getting worse since Microsoft acquired the app. Bloated, clunky, consumes far too much resource, constant connectivity issues when using IM (I think something to do with the stupid multiple Microsoft IP blacklists). All in all, just one massive headache using Skype for business use.

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This used to be the benchmark for Video Chat and Internet Phone software, then it was aquired by Microsoft.

The PC version of Skype was still good for a time but then Microsoft decided to kill it and replace it for the mobile phone "app" even for PC users.

Even though Microsoft adventures into the mobile phone business died around 2014 for some reason they are still trying to convert Windows into an Android / Mobile Phone style OS including their Windows programs.

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Skype used to be the go-to for video chats, but as soon as it was acquired by Microsoft, as with almost everything else they've acquired, it tanked in functionality. Now I actively avoid it (as with every other Microsoft product). When there are much better, free and open source alternatives that are infinitely more reliable (ie. Ring), why would I choose Skype?

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Maybe time to forget Skype, and use another application

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Since Skype is acquired by Microsoft, it has a lot of crap and unstable. Except of that, it's not reliable and not trustfully for daily use.
Microsoft has made Skype far below standard

In my opinion is Microsoft stealing technologies of others, and use that to generate only more money, and not take into account, that the program is very well functional. It was better that "Skype SRL" never was sold to Microsoft. Microsoft have also some nice features removed, that was total useless.

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Since Microsoft, as expected, this app is not longer reliable

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Since Skype was purchased by Microsoft, happened what all we could expect. Stopped being a reliable application. The mobile versions of skype simply crash and don't work.

Forget getting incoming ring calls on your mobile device, of successfully make outgoing calls from mobile .... it's a real traumatic process to make this crop to work.

I recommend (for video and audio) hangouts, witch works fine.

Problem as always is privacy ..... but well, Google already knows it all about us. Emails, calls, where we go, our agenda ...

Cheers !

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Unfortunately I feel like Skype is going out of style. FaceTime and other such apps are gradually replacing it and are just overall easier to use. Skype needs some serious upgrading if it wants to survive!

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Pure.

Garbage.

Whereas at one time long ago, Skype was novel and quite useful, but it has since been forcibly mutated into a bloated, dysfunctional, resource ravenous, hideous THING of an app.

I can easily drone on about it's too numerous flaws but I will spare you from the inanity, hoping you will instead take this review (and my advice) seriously and flee towards any other application, device, or even two tin cans on a string for your chat /communication needs.

My little example.

So. Persons using Skype can set their activity 'status' to certain levels. The one where you are ready to go, full steam ahead is 'active' - a solid green indicator shows you as being alive, motivated, and ready to chat!

So I will login and filter my contacts list to show 'only active contacts' which shows me a list of people who, like me, are poised and ready to chat away.

Except for one problem.

Maybe 10% of the time yields successful communication from others in the form of a reply. What do I mean by this? Well, you can send messages to people who are 'active', but more often than not those messages just seem to disappear into the void. I have seen numerous instances of near daily communication with people who not only don't reply, but also simply don't know they're receiving messages at all to reply to. The read receipts are missing entirely, even though Skype claims to have this as a feature, which works maybe 20% of the time.

Weeks can go by where contact friends I know log in, log off, make calls, or do whatever on their accounts while being entirely unaware I even sent them a message. The system on my end shows them logging on, logging off, day after day with NO 'read' of my message. It appears as they they aren't notified to even click on my contact and read what I sent. On my end, it looks sadly like Skype is a service where ignoring others is it's core premise... Instead of, oh.... Communicating?

In asking my contacts why they ignored my messages for so long, they all uniformly state they never got notified. Why is that? Because while I may be sitting at an old PC signed into a traditional desktop application, Bob may be on his smartphone using the Skype app, and Mary may be on her Windows 10 PC but using the "modern" Skype app, George may be on the Skype for web clients system and Ginger may be signing in on her Linux Skype client.

They just can't seem to nail down simple communications between various platforms at all. People quickly become victim to an unhelpful, slow, blind, deaf, and dumb application that can't perform it's basic core function reliably.

Oh, but I can use the "send cash" button or bedazzle everyone with so many animated emojis...

Assuming they even get the messages.

0 out of 5 stars.

I want those various hours of my life back, Microsoft.

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Been using Skype for Pidgin, but down to 2 actual people who use it other than me.
Microsoft have screwed it up completely, like all software nowadays it seems.

Time has come to move on.

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Even though it's still technically functional, it is not private or secure enough for me. I want something decentralized and distributed. I want nobody to peek into my text or calls. See Jami for example.

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I have been an avid user of skype. I have been however running into issues with its latest releases. Either message are not coming in sync, slower, crashes more often....
I am currently using their oldest releases which seem to work great,

I hope they fix their latest "editions" so we can use it right.

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