Windows 10: New version of SKYPE - terrible -- back to previous version

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  1. Posts : 13,155
    Win 10 Pro-MX Linux 17.1 PClinuxOS Mate
       18 Jan 2018 #21

    slicendice said: View Post
    Hahhah!

    I have latest Skype on Windows and Android...both suck equally much. Total garbage...

    Skype was working perfectly until MS bought it...since then it has only moved backwards in usability and reliability. And lately even the visual appearance has started to move backwards.

    Since I depend on Skype, I am SO ready to write my own version of it, using just the Skype SDK and protocols.
    As are most of their apps, I do not use many of them.
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  2. Posts : 3,336
    Windows 10 Pro x64 v1803 Build 17134.228 (Branch: RS4 Release Preview)
       18 Jan 2018 #22

    I just downloaded Classic Skype from skype.com
    Selected "Get Classic Skype" from the blue dropdown button.

    Installed.

    Disabled in App ADs by going to Internet Options in Control Panel, switching to Security tab, adding the following to restricted sites:
    Code:
    https://apps.skype.com

    And finally went to editing with Notepad:
    Code:
    C:\Users\[MY WINDOWS USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\skype\[MY SKYPE ID]\config.xml

    Switched the line:
    Code:
    <AdvertPlaceholder>1</AdvertPlaceholder>

    to


    Code:
    <AdvertPlaceholder>0</AdvertPlaceholder>

    Now I have AD free Classic Skype for Windows Desktop version 7.40.0.151

    :)
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  3.    18 Jan 2018 #23

    Yuppers!
    Should also block g.msndotcom, unless you rely on those services!

    Nuthin illegitimate bout that!
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  4.    18 Jan 2018 #24

    On a newer Droid phone, it's quite powerful,

    You can instantly send voice clips:

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    and, instantly generate your own Selfie meme's:

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    Toys! Gotta love 'em!!!
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  5. Posts : 3,336
    Windows 10 Pro x64 v1803 Build 17134.228 (Branch: RS4 Release Preview)
       18 Jan 2018 #25

    Yes I like features like insta sharing voice messages and videos, but all the other stuff is something that I would disable. Also, I have one of the most powerful Android phones there is at the moment and still Skype is a bit laggy...
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  6.    19 Jan 2018 #26

    Terrible memory hog though!!!

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  7.    21 Jan 2018 #27

    Hi folks

    @Edwin particularly

    SKYPE for Linux works just fine too (classic Interface)

    I'm not sure why people find all this stuff Memory hogs etc -- if you don't have the relevant hardware don't run the app or if you try just for the sake of it don't complain if it performs at less than stellar speed assuming you can get it to work at all..

    My problem is generally this idiotic system of trying to make all desktop computer apps look like Mobile phone apps -- I have 2 HUGE monitors plus 2 more standard size ones and decent keyboards -- why do I need something that looks like it's been designed to run on a 6 inch (13 cm or so) screen !!!!. when I've got almost enough screen real estate to run the U.S super Bowl on.

    Actually the SKYPE mobile app isn't too bad on Android though !!!!!

    If you do a lot of business stuff rather than things like Twatter for Twats, Farcebook , Snapchat etc etc then skype is a good business tool --screen sharing is also very handy -- just recently doing a 5 way Video business conference with screen sharing between ICELAND, RUSSIA, UK, USA and CHILE. Worked perfectly.

    There's a lot of "Evil Empire" rubbish complaints against Ms -- Without Ms where would cheap personal computing be on this planet -- it's good to have Linux there too just so Ms can't rest too much on its laurels. I don't think Apple would have supplied the mass market out there with reasonably cheap computing where you can connect any single device in the known universe to an OS and usually - even with a bit of difficulty - it works -- and that's coming from me - primarily a Linux user.

    And to end on a more altruistic note - Bill Gates - although not really day to day involved with Ms any more has created one of the biggest charitable foundations on the planet and the charitable works that his foundation does really do make the U.N look like an Evil Empire !!!!!!

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  8.    21 Jan 2018 #28

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi folks

    @Edwin particularly

    SKYPE for Linux works just fine too (classic Interface)

    I'm not sure why people find all this stuff Memory hogs etc -- if you don't have the relevant hardware don't run the app or if you try just for the sake of it don't complain if it performs at less than stellar speed assuming you can get it to work at all..

    My problem is generally this idiotic system of trying to make all desktop computer apps look like Mobile phone apps -- I have 2 HUGE monitors plus 2 more standard size ones and decent keyboards -- why do I need something that looks like it's been designed to run on a 6 inch (13 cm or so) screen !!!!. when I've got almost enough screen real estate to run the U.S super Bowl on.

    Actually the SKYPE mobile app isn't too bad on Android though !!!!!

    If you do a lot of business stuff rather than things like Twatter for Twats, Farcebook , Snapchat etc etc then skype is a good business tool --screen sharing is also very handy -- just recently doing a 5 way Video business conference with screen sharing between ICELAND, RUSSIA, UK, USA and CHILE. Worked perfectly.

    There's a lot of "Evil Empire" rubbish complaints against Ms -- Without Ms where would cheap personal computing be on this planet -- it's good to have Linux there too just so Ms can't rest too much on its laurels. I don't think Apple would have supplied the mass market out there with reasonably cheap computing where you can connect any single device in the known universe to an OS and usually - even with a bit of difficulty - it works -- and that's coming from me - primarily a Linux user.

    And to end on a more altruistic note - Bill Gates - although not really day to day involved with Ms any more has created one of the biggest charitable foundations on the planet and the charitable works that his foundation does really do make the U.N look like an Evil Empire !!!!!!

    Cheers
    jimbo


    I'm not complaining Chief, just makin observations!
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  9. Posts : 324
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit Edition
       22 Jan 2018 #29

    Open Skype, click on your picture, click settings and see what video is set to. usually it will be set to default video. if it is, select your webcam.
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  10.    23 Jan 2018 #30

    I downloaded Skype 8.13 and tried to install it on a Win 10 Pro with no store or apps and kept getting a message to install it from the store which I don't have so tried it in Win 8 compatibility mode and it installed with no issues or warnings. I then copied the "Skype For Desktop" folder from C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft to My Docs and uninstalled Skype, cleaning it out everywhere then tried to run Skype direct from My Docs and it ran with no issues like a portable program. It also seems to use half the RAM it did before. As Jimbo said though it's less intuitive and seems to be a change for the worst so better to stick with the old one for now
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