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It wasn't bad enough that Skype nagged me with "your current version will soon stop working" every time I brought up the GUI. When I ignored the upgrade requests is started popping up notices even when I wasn't using Skype.

So I finally bit the bullet and did the upgrade to Skype version 8.25.0.5. As far as I can tell, the changes are only cosmetic.

Changing the font size is non-standard. In Chrome, Firefox, my email, etc, you can increase/decrease the font size with CTRL+/CTRL- or by CTRL-SCROLL. But in Skype you have to CTRLSHIFT+.

There is still no way to block unwanted contact requests (something that I could do in Skype before MS bought it). Of the hundreds of contact requests I have received, there were none that weren't spam.

Every message is now being terminated with a smiley emoji. There doesn't appear to be any way to disable this.

There is no longer a splitter control separating the contacts list from the message pane. As a result I am now wasting 2/3 of the space in the left pane.

So I wonder what improvements were made that required me to update?

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My story is I got a new to me Nexus 9 tablet. Set it up and the Google chat apps started to get hammered with spam chat requests.

In stock settings what are these companies thinking? If you want to supply a sex spam app preinstalled, why not call it that?

Not amused or amazed.

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Forgot one "improvement".

In the previous version, in a conversation, text that I received was left justified against the left margin. Text that I sent was also left justified, but indented, and on a blue background. The new version now applies insane rules for justifying text that I send. If the text is single line then it is right justified (against the right margin). Multiline text is left justified as before. Imagine trying to follow a conversation in a book that was written like that with every short sentence jammed up against the right hand side.

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There is also no longer any indicator, either on the toolbar icon or at the bottom left of the GUI as to the online/offline status.

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Re: " online/offline status. "

I always thought that was a bad idea from a privacy point of view. That is, back when folk primarily used there computers at home, this would be a great way for a would be burglar to see if you were out of the home.

Maybe they thought about it and removed it for that reason. Not that they issue any change logs.

Ship it, they'll figure it out.

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I use Skype daily and prefer web.skype.com. It runs perfectly in the browser and means I don't have to install anything or touch the client which, to be honest, could suck golf balls through a hosepipe.

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Something that could suck balls through that sounds very powerful?
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I always thought that was a bad idea from a privacy point of view.

I always have my online status set to invisible but that's not what I mean. I liked the indicator that told me if I was online. The old version would replace the toolbar icon with a spinner, and the GUI would show a notification in the bottom left indicating that Skype was not online.

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@RJ. Ahh, if you have Skype open one could say that an online indication would be duplicative in some way. Try toggling that AWAY or NOT ANSWERING control (I don't have Skype on this machine so I can't check what they call it now.

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You'd think so but I have noticed, especially at the cottage, that Skype can go offline even though I am online. Possibly a DNS problem.

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To continue the rant...

It seems that unfamiliar entries are appearing in my CHATS list. Neither entry has been the subject of a CHAT and neither has requested to be added to my contacts. One of them is my older brother and it is unlikely that we conversed because

  1. He has never used Skype
  2. He is uncommunicative due to severe dementia

The other entry is unknown to me. I have tried both

  1. block contact
  2. delete conversation

While the first does nothing, the second removes the contact for approximately one second, then it returns. It seems, though, that quitting then restarting Skype shows the CHATS as gone. Doesn't say much for quality control at Microsoft.

However, on the plus side, it appears that MS has stopped using Skype to stream ads.

Another minor annoyance... Windows has a date/time format setting which allows me to use the date format YYYY-MM-DD and the 24 hour time format. For some reason, Skype ignores this and uses the ambiguous format d/m/yyyy. Or is it m/d/yyyy? Also it uses a 12 hour time format. What's the point in having a date/time setting if the application is just going to ignore it and not provide a setting of its own?

Ambiguity. The devil's volleyball.

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