Skype is in a mess

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September 18, 2011 at 13:58:11
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.2 GHz / 2047 MB
I gather that Skype is currently in the process of being taken over by MS.

In the meantime it seems to be very messy indeed. Various versions have
different bugs (more showing on XP than Vista or Win7). Here are just a few:

1. Skype full Window opening when you boot your computer.

2. 20 to 30s lag when quitting Skype, which delays computer shut-down.

3. Skype Home page not appearing after a new boot but OK if Skype closed
then restarted.

4. If you download the latest version ( from Skype you get
You have to go to FileHippo (trustworthy) to get the actual latest version.

If, like me, you have some need for Skype then try various versions (FileHippo again) and select the one that annoys you the least. If you are fussy, then make sure you tour Skypes multitude of forum posts (mainly moans) for workarounds and/or be prepared to invent your own. I'm currently using with a shut-down fix.

Reading between the lines it seems to me that Skype might have thinned out the
management staff to make it more attractive to MS. In the meantime the left hand seems to have no idea what the right hand is doing. I don't usually feel sorry for MS but it seems like they will inherit a diabolical mess. Whether they make things better or worse in the long term remains to be seen.

At the end of the day it does work (mostly) and is free Skype-to-Skype, so I guess it is unfair to be too critical.

Any comments welcome.

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September 18, 2011 at 16:18:43
I don't have a need skype but it's good to remember that alot of the technology is in the beginning stages & is not perfected yet. I don't know if MS will improve it but I think they have a better chance than if Symantec bought it.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.

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September 18, 2011 at 16:33:49
Re #1.

Agreed but I reckon the tea boy could make the links download the version that is stated and not some previous one. Silly bugs that were not originally there have come along with the introduction of fancy features.

As for Semantic I keep hearing that their the latest AV is not the bloated thing of the past - dunno, I don't use it.

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September 18, 2011 at 22:04:10
I've got ver. We have been using this version for about a year maybe more to talk to our daughter and son-in-law both in the marines. The only issues we run into is sometimes the speed on one of their laptops isn't quite up to snuff so the picture freezes a bit.

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September 19, 2011 at 07:55:43
Hey shelbyclan ^5 (that's a 'high five' in case you're unfamiliar with it)

My step-son is a Marine presently posted in Camp Pendleton.

We keep in touch by phone. It works ever so much better than skype (we tried it once or twice with my in-laws who live in Washington state). They both own cell phones and they have a "land line" in their house. We have an "unlimited long distance in North America" package with our phone company so my wife can talk for hours and hours if she wishes (she does) with all our family in the US.

This includes the convenience of a cordless phone with a speakerphone feature so she can take it anywhere she wants to (something she can't do with her PC) in the house or out in the yard.

I guess I could see a point to skype, or another program of it's ilk, if you were wanting to talk to someone in another country half way around the world where it would be expensive to call them on the phone. But to call someone in the same country, or in my case, same continent (I'm in Canada) then you should be able to get a good deal on a long distance package which would make lots lof long calls affordable.

My own experience with skype tells me it sucks. It's laggy and annoying and prone to freezing up. Which I find hard to believe considering VoIP phones are now quite common and work very well of the internet.

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September 19, 2011 at 09:46:58
I'm in the UK and use Skype to see my daughter who has moved to Oz.

Mine was acceptable on ver. but the muddles came along with later versions. What was odd is that new "features" such as full screen Skype opening when you boot your computer, then seemed to stick if you did a full uninstall and went back to an earlier version. Their latest seems to have fixed that (or maybe they did something globally) although their own links actually go to an earlier version. A bit late but I think I've found a cunning way to prevent automatic updates as they are no longer optional.

Curt R
Yep lags and freezes sometimes but I'm prepared to accept that from time to time. It is all the rest of the totally unecessary nonsense that has come along recently that is more annoying - rather like a mad hatters tea party. Paradoxically though, so far, version has been reasonably OK in terms of lags and freezes.

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September 19, 2011 at 11:03:35
Oz? You also used the term "wally" in another thread. Must be Brit words cuz I don't have a clue. I guess I could google em.

EDIT: Oz = Australia? Wally = idiot? There seems to be a lot of different terms in the same category - berk, divvy, duffer, eejit, pillock, prat, wazzack?

And I thought this term was really funny - "uphill gardener"? lol

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September 19, 2011 at 14:36:33
I gather Oz is Australian slang - not sure where I picked it up from.

Only got 4 out of 7 for the rest - divvy, eejit, and wazzack were new ones to me.
Maybe we can add "dork".

Out of this context but one that made me laugh in some old comedy radio show was a reference to "underground airways".

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September 21, 2011 at 16:58:13
Hey Ho.

Skype eventually fixed it so that all their links now go to the latest version.

Not only that but as if by magic (several computers) it no longer opens full screen when booting the computer. Nice to see some progress on this one after such a long time. I think they got bashed by users and decided it was a most unpopular "feature".

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September 21, 2011 at 21:48:18
Howdy Curt R. I fully agree about skype being a waste of time to call someone in the same country. My problem there is bellsouth does not offer a Bosnia or Afghan plan with my long distance service as of yet. Yeah there is a little lag from time to time but it beats the heck out of not hearing from them for long periods of time. Whenever the powers that be think they have pocketed enough cash from the crap gowing on overseas and let them come home I will be more than happy to go back to using ma bell.

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