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Skype updates....

Old 27th Jun 2017, 19:03
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Skype updates....

.....why are they always such a PITA? On Sat I went to talk to family and was told I'd just a lovely update but I'd need to sign in again.
Go "I've forgotten my password" _ we'll send you a code to insert then go through the change password routine. A code No. arrives in email - pop it in the appropriate box. "That code no. is wrong." WTF??
Pause -2 -3 start again. New code arrives and this time it all works and I'm back into Skype with a new password.
This AM SWMBO gets a call from brother saying he thinks our Skype account may have been got at. He got a looooong link saying click on it. Having spent all his working life in IT and IT security he had the tools to isolate and inspect it in detail.
Check with daughter she had the same. Son had a slightly different one but all three messages which came up in the message box in skype had the same time stamp - 0405. What the scam is isn't clear.
Similar things seem to happen every time skype updates. Why can't they get it right??

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Old 27th Jun 2017, 20:59
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Similar things seem to happen every time skype updates. Why can't they get it right??
Because Micro$oft and its greedy advertising have ruined Skype, perhaps?
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Old 4th Jul 2017, 04:10
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What is the recommended replacement for Skype? I would prefer it to be encrypted from end to end to keep out snoops and hackers.
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Old 4th Jul 2017, 04:21
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WhatsApp video chat.
Or never say anything compromising or sensitive on a Skype, especially in the ME.
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Old 4th Jul 2017, 04:50
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We have an iMac and a MacBook Air, both running OSX 10.9.5 Mavericks. We do not have "smart" phones. I looked at Viber and WhatsApp but it seems both require a smart phone as well in order to run on a desktop or laptop computer. This rules them out for us, unless they have now come out with a standalone desktop version for Mac. ie, just download and install it on either or both Macs and then start using it, just as we originally did with Skype, without any connection to a smart phone or other device.

Our need for a replacement is because Skype has just cut us off because we have not "upgraded" to some later version. The one we have has worked fine - nothing needed to be upgraded. Now the idiots refuse to let us use it.
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Old 4th Jul 2017, 09:05
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Try Google Duo.
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We have an iMac and a MacBook Air, both running OSX 10.9.5 Mavericks. We do not have "smart" phones. I looked at Viber and WhatsApp but it seems both require a smart phone as well in order to run on a desktop or laptop computer. This rules them out for us, unless they have now come out with a standalone desktop version for Mac. ie, just download and install it on either or both Macs and then start using it, just as we originally did with Skype, without any connection to a smart phone or other device.

Our need for a replacement is because Skype has just cut us off because we have not "upgraded" to some later version. The one we have has worked fine - nothing needed to be upgraded. Now the idiots refuse to let us use it.

Have you considered 'FaceTime' ? An Apple product AFAIK and seems to be popular.
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Old 4th Jul 2017, 18:28
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By strange coincidence, I was asked by a friend to get Skype working on their laptop (mac) as overnight it wouldn't work and kept deferring them to 'download the latest version'. This was done several times to no avail and it became clear that their OS is/was considered no longer worthy and once a newer OS version was downloaded, PITA due to time constraints, then the wonderful Skype worked again, NEWER<STRONGER<FASTER<BETTER, or not as the case may be...... ;-)
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Old 11th Jul 2017, 01:49
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Skype backlash: 'Worst update ever' - BBC News

Simple answer: Microsoft should just return to the previous version! All the users and media would then be happy.

We have Version 6.15 (335) for Mac OSX. It worked fine until we were cut off a few weeks ago.

We have no complaint about its ease of use, quality of calls or reliability. No "upgrade" was needed for functionality except to add serious end-to-end encryption to keep conversations secure and confidential.

Just allow it to work again!

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Old 16th Jul 2017, 19:42
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Is anyone able to explain the differences between Skype Version 6.15 (335) which worked fine until recently and the pseudo-upgrade offering of Version 7.37.0.103 for Mac, which I believe is the current July 2017 version?

Since MS is making unneeded changes to something that worked fine then it would be nice to know what those changes are. I have tried online searches and the Skype website but am unable to find the differences.

For the record our iMac and MacBook Air both have OSX 10.9.5 Mavericks. We see no need to “upgrade” OSX. Indeed we tried Yosemite on the iMac for three months and found it to be such flakeware that with considerable difficulty I managed to revert to Mavericks.
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Old 17th Jul 2017, 00:56
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The Skype update process is a mess. mrsr1 uses Line - a mainly Asian app that does video calls for free, and generally works OK.
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Old 17th Jul 2017, 01:49
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Anything wrong with Telegram?
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Old 17th Jul 2017, 03:57
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Viber works well if you also want VoIP to POTS. Wire is free. The problem with all these things is the general lack of interoperability, so if you're not going VOIP to POTS, then you need several apps installed.

It's a real shame about Skype. I've used it almost exclusively for dialout for many years. Now it wants to be my friend, root through my contact list and tell me what all my friends are doing. Bring back the Bakelite phone with cloth-covered cord.
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