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Skype makes a wrong turnChris Koehncke
I love Skype and use it regularly, to call across the river
or across the world. The client has everything I need in a nice compact format,
easy to call someone, 1 click, send an IM, send a file, I can find you if I donâ€™t
already have your contact details, the voice quality is better than a telephone
call, crystal clear and works even with the crappiest of Internet connections and
best of all the price is right â€“ free. The classic â€œmore for lessâ€ model works
I was using Skype Version 3.8 and couldnâ€™t be happier, so
when Skype announced the new & improved Version 4.0, I couldnâ€™t wait to try
it out. Skype significantly changed the user interface in Version 4.0 and user
interface changes always elicit strong emotions from the user base. Fundamentally,
we humans donâ€™t really like change all that much.
But I was willing to endure, change can be good, so I
started using Version 4.0, I would learn to love it after some time, right?
Unfortunately, after a week, I started calling my new Skype client
foul names and muttering the words â€œSkype by Microsoftâ€ under my breath. Skype
Version 4.0 just sucks, itâ€™s that simple.
But why does it suck? The failing here is classic again. The
desire for a client application to believe it is â€œthe most importantâ€ thing running
on my computer and thus should command my entire desktop. What went from a
simple click to call model, became this multi-window affair. Guys â€“ Iâ€™m just
trying to make a phone call.
Iâ€™m not alone in my displeasure, many who Iâ€™ve spoken with
also expressed their lack of love for this new client. Alas there is a
solution, you can download the old version here, which I did and am now happily
back on Version 3.8.
Management hint: Fire the committee that designed the horrid
client and let them go back to work at Microsoft, find the 2 people who did the
original client and let them make any changes.