Re: Skype Preview for Desktop

Tom Kaufman

Jerry and list:  Good luck; I figure it can’t hurt anything!

Tom Kaufman


From: [] On Behalf Of Jerry Pryde
Sent: Saturday, September 02, 2017 3:07 AM
Subject: Re: [skypeenglish] Skype Preview for Desktop



Thanks for correcting my typo.

Well done. let’s see what happens.



Sent: Saturday, September 02, 2017 3:04 AM

Subject: Re: [skypeenglish] Skype Preview for Desktop


Jerry:  That disability is actually 1-800-936-5900 (you had a “5” instead of a “6)…but yes…give it a try and hopefully they’ll listen and maybe help out!

Tom Kaufman


From: [] On Behalf Of Jerry Pryde
Sent: Saturday, September 02, 2017 2:31 AM
Subject: Re: [skypeenglish] Skype Preview for Desktop


Hi all.

I’m not sure I explained myself clearly, so here it is, just in case.

I actually went to the skype site, found their feedback page, and sent an email about a problem I was having, complete with JAWS information.

I got an auto reply, saying it was an unmonitored account.

So, they’ve set up an email account for feedback, or tech support, and it’s not monitored.

Maybe the Microsoft disability line could be useful.


Otherwise, I’m wondering how to contact them effectively.




Sent: Friday, September 01, 2017 8:55 PM

Subject: Re: [skypeenglish] Skype Preview for Desktop


Actually Jerry has a point. I've contcted them about skype for years now and they don't respond, not via email, forum, their blog or twitter, yet they will respond and help us with our xboxes and windows machines. But yeah let's all try  and contct them anyway and see what happens. The preview for mac really sucks major and I will be out of a job if they don't fix it soon ish..


Take care

On Sep 1, 2017, at 4:30 PM, Lino Morales <linomorales001@...> wrote:


Boy how I love people being negative. Not. Seriously if you all including myself in the blind and disabled community worldwide want anything accessible and yes Skype we might get somewhere if we send them feedback. With this type of tude as Jerry has presented we'll get nowhere. I've said enough.

On 9/1/2017 7:16 AM, Jerry Pryde wrote:

Don't waste your time contacting microsoft, especially via email.
They don't reply, and they don't care.

-----Original Message----- From: Octavian Rasnita
Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2017 9:54 PM
Subject: Re: [skypeenglish] Skype Preview for Desktop

Does anyone know if Microsoft has an email address or a web page where we
can complain about this change?
If the new Skype would be considered good for Windows 7, the classic Skype
might disappear much time before the support for Windows 7 ends.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Andre Polykanine" <andre@...>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, September 01, 2017 2:25 AM
Subject: [skypeenglish] Skype Preview for Desktop

Hi everyone,
Strange  enough  that two weeks passed and nobody spoke about it (or I
didn't see any mention)... anyway.
Microsoft brings its (rather ugly) new Skype experience to desktops: 
Those  of  you  who  did see newest Skype versions on mobile platforms
already have the happy (where is my irony punctuation?) opportunity to
get a look on what's going in there.
In  short:  it is an Electron-based application. Microsoft did all its
best  for its accessibility, and it is really 90% accessible with some
tiny  bits  that  cannot  be  reached.  But it is one single web-based
window  with  no  possibility  to separate chats in any way. More than
that,  there  are  virtually  no  settings, no sound selection between
modern and classic, no font size selection for our sighted or visually
impaired fellows with remaining vision, nothing. You can't even surely
remain  in  a  call  window when in a voice conversation, because when
someone  else  calls  you - boom, you are out of that window where the
hang up button is.
So  is it accessible? Yes, mostly. but is it usable? No, should I say,
because  when  my  boss  would  send  me a message, I won't be able to
quickly  find  his message, because... well, because it's one huge web
page.  Most  like  Slack,  if  you  get  what I mean. And yes, it does
consume memory like a monster, both on mobile and on desktop.
Microsoft  says  our  good  old  Skype  is about to die since this new
beast-thing  can be installed on Windows lower than ten (I did install
it on a Windows 7 PC).
I  think  we  need to discuss it thoroughly here and probably write to
Microsoft  and  to  ask  them  to  do something with it: either not to
discontinue  the  good  old Skype we love or to provide us with an API
that would allow us to develop our own client with basic functionality
like audio calls, IM and file sending/receiving.
If you have read this far, thank you very much for your attention.

With best regards from Ukraine,
Skype: menelion_elensule
Twitter: @m_elensule; Facebook: menelion


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