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#46 articuno1au

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:22

You think Skype is a step backwards O.o

Have you worked with the WLM protocol.

It's a triple cunted hooker (and not in the good way).

Skype is an enormous step forward in pretty much every regard. Just needs some work done on the client.


#47 dvb2000

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:39

Losing features is a feature, haven't you realized by now?


features?, features? - you have to pay for them from the "Windows 8 SHOP" now!.

They have gone down the apple route. Release first generation with minimal features, update every year with a new "feature" and make the customer buy it again, and again and again.

#48 OP +i11usive

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:22

Yes, it does. The tabs are not on the top, but on the left hand side in form of the conversation list.


I'm using version 6.0.73.126 - can't see what you're on about. New windows are opened for each new conversation...

Correction - I see it now .. was using Skype in "Compact View" .. in "Default View" you can keep conversations in the same window.

#49 HawkMan

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:26

skype does suck, it does feel like a move backwards

and MS killing off the live branding is pathetic as well :(

Windows live mail, photo gallery, were excellent free apps that came from MS, and what do we get now? pathetic metro mail and even more pathetic metro pictures.


No, we get Windows Mail and Windows Photo Gallery, and Windows Movie Maker

#50 BajiRav

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 15:01

I prefer the Metro app over the desktop client. It's not as buggy, and it's relatively straight forward.

The metro app has been highly buggy and unreliable for me on three different systems.
For example take something basic, when I answer a call when the app is either in the background or not running, then it just opens the contact but the call is not connected (and dropped at the caller's end).
The metro app uses giant tiles for contacts in favorites and it's annoying having to scroll for just my favorites. They should reduce the size to reasonable level. The profile pics over those tiles are usually blurry and I don't see a point of staring at huge tiles whereas I could be staring at more tiles.

MS has already solved that problem, you just sign into skype with your microsoft account and it combines your accounts

It doesn't. I have two entries for same contacts in Skype and from WLM. I haven't found a way to merge them yet.

Ok, I haven't shared a screen since they bought it...still sucks

I think that went pay even before MS bought them...

Skype doesn't do tabbed chat...

it kind of does...

#51 LaP

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 15:09

IMHO all messaging protocols should be done away with and replaced with Jabber.
That way we could have independence from IM companies, move freely, keep all contacts intact, etc etc...

Much like emailing you know...

I think the status quo in IMing is horrible.

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Do you want an unicorn with that ?

You perfectly know it'll never happen.

#52 Hum

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 15:14

I've been a user of WLM for many years now and think it's a great IM client. Now Microsoft are phasing out WLM in favour of the Skype client - which doesn't support tabbed conversations and doesn't allow you to remove profile pictures from the chat screen. Anyone else think this move has sent us backwards?


Same thing is happening with the Operating Systems :laugh:

#53 mmjm

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 15:15

no one said they won't release a new skype version by March
so ya'll wait before you roll your knickers in a knot to see what if anything happens by March 15

#54 syobon999

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 17:49

IMHO skype protocol is way better.

#55 OP +i11usive

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 17:52

IMHO skype protocol is way better.


The protocol might be ... but the UI sucks!!!

#56 Eric

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 19:03

IMHO all messaging protocols should be done away with and replaced with Jabber.
That way we could have independence from IM companies, move freely, keep all contacts intact, etc etc...

Much like emailing you know...

I think the status quo in IMing is horrible.

Glassed Silver:mac


Jabber uses the open-source XMPP protocol. They Microsoft added support for XMPP last year. :)

No unicorns, though.

#57 Doli

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 19:08

The protocol might be ... but the UI sucks!!!


Just wait until they make the switch and see if a new version comes out before saying they are going backwards. Its easy for them to make a new UI.

#58 OP +i11usive

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 19:15

Just wait until they make the switch and see if a new version comes out before saying they are going backwards. Its easy for them to make a new UI.


Agreed .. just commenting on what is available now .. seeing as MS are already promoting the Skype client to users. Think you download the Skype client by default when trying to install WLM.

#59 Orange Battery

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 19:27

Ive tried it and its no WLM or even MSN Messenger. Im keeping WLM until it doesn't work anymore, most people seem to be moving to Facebook, I really don't like that either. I may be getting set in my ways as I get older but I don't believe so.

#60 Glassed Silver

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 19:55

Do you want an unicorn with that ?

You perfectly know it'll never happen.

Of course I do.
I was just mentioning what SHOULD happen. :happy:

Jabber uses the open-source XMPP protocol. They Microsoft added support for XMPP last year. :)

No unicorns, though.

That's not the same.
Abolish the protocols and have ONE protocol.
Way better approach.

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