1. Wevenhuis's Avatar
    What's your opinion about Skype? Did MS ruin Skype? Is Skype better than ever? Is Skype still popular? Would Skype be better today off if MS didn't acquire it?
    I'm not sure that Microsoft ruined Skype per se. But the CEO of skype and Microsoft CTO of skype should have done a better job of streamlining the proces. Skype has been a wild west of what seems never ending new versions and versions stopped dead in their tracks. I can understand this method from a creative perspective, make mistakes and learn and improve on them. But I think it is wrong that the consumer is the Guinea pig and is seriously hampering the end user experience. I think Skype and Microsoft have been ethically too controversial to warrant what they are doing now with the customers and end users. There is benefit to the method, but I'm not getting a sense business customers are taken seriously. And I don't see a holistic view with the windows ecosystem and windows as a service. I understand services come and go, but one service is only half baked where the user is practically forced to push on to another service, while only just being accustomed. The current experience is more like using the software for the sake of technical prowess, rather than focusing on the experience and letting users actually settle and use the tools ready and available to get on with their work and move on. I think the time is ripe for this feedback to reach management of both companies.


    For me the power of skype would be the strengths of skype as I have known it before it was bought by Microsoft. Secondly Microsoft should not adopt a me too strategy of integrating new features, but rather be on top of matters and integrate other social messaging platforms with skype as the converging main interface. integrate WhatsApp and face messenger viber etc feeds and threads through a skype dashboard and unified inbox. I think that is smart and of more value and would make skype on windows more sense, that Microsoft continuing its own version for the Microsoft ecosystem. They're already coding for apps on other platforms. I think they should think more inclusively which this service rather that creating another silo. I think this strategy would help the use and adoption of Microsoft software and windows better, today. But they're not doing this.
    09-14-2018 09:19 AM
  2. RagingTyga's Avatar
    What's your opinion about Skype? Did MS ruin Skype? Is Skype better than ever? Is Skype still popular? Would Skype be better today off if MS didn't acquire it?
    I like the new Skype. It solved much of the problems I had with the UWP version of Skype. I actually think they should just replace the UWP version with this and deploy it that way. With the SMS relay function coming, and contact sync, it's getting better, The only thing they need to do now is allow me to separate tabs in multiple windows like I could with OG Skype, then allow a way to bridge it with Xbox live chat services and it'll be perfect
    09-14-2018 09:44 AM
  3. sd4f's Avatar
    I don't think MS ruined it, they just failed to innovate the product, similarly, that's why skype probably got sold, since they could see the new waves of mobile apps coming.

    Another point to consider is that Skype is seen to only really do video calling. I think it needs a lot of market education since an app like whatsapp basically does everything skype does, yet for some reason came along and completely dominates. If there are some usability features that could be 'borrowed' then they should look into it.

    Lastly, people tend to not have unique accounts anymore and add people that way. This is one of Skype's legacy aspects, where establishing an account is slow and annoying. Additionally, adding people and expanding your list is also annoying, whereas FB messenger, was just so easy, since just about everyone is already there.
    09-17-2018 11:49 PM
  4. rodneyej's Avatar
    Yeah, MS should be running a Skype beta program (as they did with Facebook for Windows Phone) this would eliminate a lot of confusing consumer facing changes.
    Originally posted by Wevenhuis
    Originally Posted by rodneyej
    What's your opinion about Skype? Did MS ruin Skype? Is Skype better than ever? Is Skype still popular? Would Skype be better today off if MS didn't acquire it?
    I'm not sure that Microsoft ruined Skype per se. But the CEO of skype and Microsoft CTO of skype should have done a better job of streamlining the proces. Skype has been a wild west of what seems never ending new versions and versions stopped dead in their tracks. I can understand this method from a creative perspective, make mistakes and learn and improve on them. But I think it is wrong that the consumer is the Guinea pig and is seriously hampering the end user experience. I think Skype and Microsoft have been ethically too controversial to warrant what they are doing now with the customers and end users. There is benefit to the method, but I'm not getting a sense business customers are taken seriously. And I don't see a holistic view with the windows ecosystem and windows as a service. I understand services come and go, but one service is only half baked where the user is practically forced to push on to another service, while only just being accustomed. The current experience is more like using the software for the sake of technical prowess, rather than focusing on the experience and letting users actually settle and use the tools ready and available to get on with their work and move on. I think the time is ripe for this feedback to reach management of both companies.


    For me the power of skype would be the strengths of skype as I have known it before it was bought by Microsoft. Secondly Microsoft should not adopt a me too strategy of integrating new features, but rather be on top of matters and integrate other social messaging platforms with skype as the converging main interface. integrate WhatsApp and face messenger viber etc feeds and threads through a skype dashboard and unified inbox. I think that is smart and of more value and would make skype on windows more sense, that Microsoft continuing its own version for the Microsoft ecosystem. They're already coding for apps on other platforms. I think they should think more inclusively which this service rather that creating another silo. I think this strategy would help the use and adoption of Microsoft software and windows better, today. But they're not doing this.
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