Skype Is Gone
Skype is gone, guys. Gone and done with. They rolled out the latest upgrade and my English is leaving me. I don’t know what to say about the new design and performance.
As they say, bad news has long legs and I’ve heard first laments a couple of days ago. But I never imagined anything could be THAT bad. Those eyes burning colors… Oh, my… Have you ever tried to read white or orange font? Now you’ve got a chance. Be prepared to fiddle with your phones and tablets brightness and contrast to make the letters out. If you’re wearing glasses, you have my condolences. And know, you can’t change it. The only option left is the black and white skin. Black and white, good god! What do they think of in Redmond? That we run Skype on Kindle?
The incoming message alert made me jump this morning. Sounds like a retching toad. The Skype notification sounds are well known around the world. You can tell the Skype jingle from dozens of others notifications, literally anywhere. Why; or why did they change it? I can understand the new skins, perhaps, snowflakes think the blue and white traditional skin is dull and boring, but we, Millennials, feel like done out of something precious. The new alert is OK if you want to start a good old panic in a crowd. It has the effect of a gun shot into one’s ear. And you’re like, don’t panic, guys, it’s just my Skype going off.
Status dots are what really get under my skin. Why? Because they’re gone, that’s why! Gone and took the writing pen with them. What you’ve got is just the twisting colored worm running across the screen if someone is writing to you. It was meant to look like a radio wave graph, obviously, but it just doesn’t. How on Earth can I tell who is online and who is online, who is not and who just doesn’t want to be disturbed! You can’t do it at a glance anymore. You have to enter the contact page and see how long ago has he or she been online. Arrrgh!
No, really? Is this how you see the upgrade concept, Microsoft? Ruining a well-working system to introduce your jolly worms that seem to have inhabited someone’s LSD trip? I’ve been with Skype for 20 years. I’ve got over 100 personal and business contacts. I used to roll through contacts panel to make sure the contact I want is online or at least on a stand-by, so that my message wouldn’t be lost into oblivion.
Now I have to spend some more time to tap the contact open, stare at the online info and try to decipher what it means.
It is an unbelievable unsuccessful, Microsoft! You killed the most successful messenger and online phone in the world. You killed a legend.
P.S. And don’t hope you can skip the upgrade. When the old version’s life ended, Skype refused to log the subscribers in. The #skypedown hashtag is in trend now on Twitter. Check and see.