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  1. Dupdopy's Avatar
    As a former Skype (and then MS) employee, I can say this: MS never understood the true value of Skype and never figured out what to do with it.
    Heavy and slow mobile clients, usernames AND email addresses as account names (vs mobile phone numbers as account "names"), no great new features for years - all this made people switch to modern, light and fast solutions.

    It's pretty sad.
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    09-06-2017 01:43 AM
  2. John Loo's Avatar
    Yeah.. gotta agree that Skype is heavier (and crashier for me) than other apps. It's really bull**** to have to wait so long for Skype to load just to read an SMS. Sometimes I just open the SMS app on my Lumia. But then Skype continues to bug me about notifications for SMS that I've already read. Urgh.. Why can't Skype sync with the SMS app to figure out that a message has already been read? The only usefulness of Skype managing SMS is the ability to receive and send SMS on PCs.

    And you know what I'd like to see added to Skype? The ability to make/receive a call on my PC through my phone. Skype doesn't provide mobile data and for many of us I think, our telcos offer unlimited calls or free calls to people on the same network. I know it's a stretch and the technology probably isn't there to enable users to make/receive calls on their PC through a phone, but it'd be really cool if possible. It might undermine Skype's own call packages, but I still use Skype's call packages to make international calls because it's cheaper.
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    09-06-2017 02:28 AM
  3. Jcmg62's Avatar
    Microsoft should be kicking themselves for the way they've mis-handled skype in recent years.

    Windows 10 has been out for 2 years now....its supposed to be this all encompassing OS with tightly bound messaging, communication and productivity features working across every form factor, and in some cases they've nailed that, but when it comes to skype they just have no clue.

    I would have expected skype to be a baked in feature to Windows 10 (and W10M for what it's worth, but it's still just an after thought in the windows store.

    Apple hard wired FaceTime into ios, and it works really well.

    Why can't Microsoft do the same with skype
    09-06-2017 02:50 AM
  4. Bobvfr's Avatar

    And you know what I'd like to see added to Skype? The ability to make/receive a call on my PC through my phone. Skype doesn't provide mobile data and for many of us I think, our telcos offer unlimited calls or free calls to people on the same network. I know it's a stretch and the technology probably isn't there to enable users to make/receive calls on their PC through a phone, but it'd be really cool if possible. It might undermine Skype's own call packages, but I still use Skype's call packages to make international calls because it's cheaper.
    Do not suggest this, it may happen.

    What we want is to send and receive SMS on our PC's using your phone but NOT through Skype, just use the messaging app.

    And the same with calls, there is already a "Phone" app, no need to screw up Skype with this.

    Keep Skype for Skype but make it better.

    Then re-announce the ability to use your phone/PC combo, I am pretty sure this was announced about 2 years ago.
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    09-06-2017 05:59 AM
  5. John Loo's Avatar
    Do not suggest this, it may happen.

    What we want is to send and receive SMS on our PC's using your phone but NOT through Skype, just use the messaging app.

    And the same with calls, there is already a "Phone" app, no need to screw up Skype with this.

    Keep Skype for Skype but make it better.

    Then re-announce the ability to use your phone/PC combo, I am pretty sure this was announced about 2 years ago.
    I see your point. Then the Phone app on PC should be able to divert calls from Windows 10 Mobile to a PC. That would be cool.

    They announced it 2 years ago? Urgh... Another disappointment.....
    09-06-2017 06:09 AM
  6. Matt Packwood's Avatar
    I see your point. Then the Phone app on PC should be able to divert calls from Windows 10 Mobile to a PC. That would be cool.

    They announced it 2 years ago? Urgh... Another disappointment.....
    My problem is the Mobile apps, and the fact that so much of the functionality I had come to rely on has been removed (indeed talking to Microsoft they are so focused on making Skype Snapchat 2.0 that they have no interest in making the product what it was).

    This is the "we need more younger users, they like Snapchat, copy that" business model. And having spent I would imagine an enormous amount of time and money on the new clients (and back end changes) there is no budget or will to add "boring but necessary" function back in (read the Microsoft forums for the anger there is about whether Microsoft is "adding in new features" or "fixing things that should never have been removed"

    Personally the iPhone client is useless, I use so i get notifications and am using the Mac client, which allows me to:
    See who is online
    Send SMS messages to contacts
    Contact people by Skype or by Phone

    Matt
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    09-06-2017 07:51 AM
  7. John Loo's Avatar
    But hey.. some love for Skype, I really like how I can just type an emoticon in Skype and it will translate into an animated emoticon unlike other apps where you have to open the emoticons menu and select the emoticon you want. And then I can just copy the typed emoticon and paste it over and over if I want to spam an emoticon. This is I think something great that Skype inherited from MSN Messenger.
    09-06-2017 11:41 AM
  8. davebwi's Avatar
    Hi I know its a bit off topic. But since this place is filled with microsoft enthusiasts, I wanted to know what exactly could be microsoft's intentions for the new skype. They totally ruined it while making it to compete with giants like whatsapp.
    What are your views?
    Well that's a good Question, I and my company have been Using Teams to Message in and out of office... I thought it would replace Skype...But it never did yet...

    Thanks Dave
    09-06-2017 02:07 PM
  9. tofab123's Avatar
    Skype Translator ... the amazingly cool and awesome technology that can real time translate from one language to another is only avail on desktop windows. I cannot understand why this feature is not avail on iPhone and android. That is the single most not-comprehend issue I have with skype. The second most is why is the same features not avail on all platforms when MS has spend years unifying the code base. This makes no sense to me
    John Loo likes this.
    09-06-2017 09:34 PM
  10. John Loo's Avatar
    Skype Translator ... the amazingly cool and awesome technology that can real time translate from one language to another is only avail on desktop windows. I cannot understand why this feature is not avail on iPhone and android. That is the single most not-comprehend issue I have with skype. The second most is why is the same features not avail on all platforms when MS has spend years unifying the code base. This makes no sense to me
    WeChat has a translation function. But they don't want to update their Windows Phone version so the function is not available for Windows. Urgh..
    09-06-2017 11:45 PM
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