Thumbs up Jerry,
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I second your gracious appreciation to Doug for all he does for all of
Also I to would also greatly appreciate an up dated latest greatest list
of hot keys for Skype 8 as the complete best list to refer to when trying
to improve our skills.
Happy New Year to all, and may 2019 be the year we all forget about Skype
Mike in SC
At 07:05 PM 1/7/2019, you wrote:
Thanks billions, Doug.
I'll be looking into upgrading JAWS ASAP.
I tried to make a call this afternoon, and just after the call connected,
Skype 7 unloaded, and the update notice came up.
A link to an updated list of hot keys for skype 8 would be appreciated,
along with any tutorials if possible.
I'll be back on skype, and learning anything new; it's just a matter of
It is what it is. lol
On 07/01/2019 6:52 p.m., Doug Lee wrote:
I am hearing today that some people
are being spontaneously upgraded from Skype 7 (Classic) to Skype 8
(Electron). I believe this is on Windows, but it would not surprise me if
MacOS is also included. I assume this is one of
those wave-by-wave Microsoft rollouts. If so, it is occurring a few
months later than Microsoft announced it would at least.
Perhaps useful resource reminders:
JAWS scripts for Skype 8 are at
These work with JAWS versions 17 and later. (The JAWS 17 limit is
imposed by older JAWS versions not working well in general with Electron
apps like Skype 8.)
A simple NVDA add-on for Skype 8 is at
To answer one frequently-asked question before it gets asked on this
list: I did not implement Alt+numbers or Ctrl+numbers for reading chat
messages in either JAWS or NVDA because of the way the chat history is
Skype 8. In short, I am not convinced that there is a reliable way for
scripts or add-ons to announce the "last" message, because it
can at any moment happen not to be on screen due to scrolling or message
My preferred way to read chat messages, in both JAWS and NVDA and Skype
8, is to Shift+Tab from the chat input box to the message list and then
use arrows to move among messages.
Skype 7 was a wonderful app for us. I find Skype 8 usable, slim, fast,
and overall pretty efficient for my needs, though not as feature-rich as
Skype 7. Our focus will now need to be on learning to use this newer
Skype, and on
helping Microsoft improve it as necessary.
One final note, based on past message threads: Let us not diverge from
here into a discussion of the merits of Skype 7 versus 8, the wisdom or
folly of Microsoft's replacement of Skype 7, etc. That horse is so dead
flies buzzed off half a year ago. :-) I instead wish for everyone the
best possible experience with Skype 8, and I plan to remain active as
necessary in addressing any issues with it that may appear in the