Microsoft about to kill older Skype versions

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Pinga, Jun 23, 2014.

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  1. Pinga

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    I remember when Skype was good and easy to upgrade.
     
  3. Peter2150

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    Yep, now it is PUP haven
     
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  5. Pinga

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    Microsoft will likely want to make sure everyone gets to see the ads they've started serving in it. After all, they'll need to see a return on the $8.5 billion they paid for the company. Time to switch to an open source alternative...

    http://www.wired.com/2011/05/microsoft-buys-skype-2/
     
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    good luck trying to convert your friends and acquaintances to those other open source alternatives...
     
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    I use skype just for the telephone functions. I'm using version 3 for Windows and an old version for nokia phones. I don't need or want the new version. The newer versions don't work well with my router/firewall setup. Skype has tried to disable the version I'm using but I found out that blocking "ui.skype.com with a firewall or hosts file lets it keep functioning. If that stops working, I will have to find another alternative and skype will lose a paying customer.
     
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    Or they want everybody to switch to a version where NSA has the keys to decrypt in real-time .
    After all, micr0$0ft is largely owned by the state- This is documented in The Comprehensive Annual Fiscal Reports .
     
  9. CloneRanger

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    Yup, pre MS versions are the ones to use, "if" you do choose Skype. I don't use Any such Apps though !

    @ MisterB

    Good tip about the FW/HOSTS block.
     
  10. Minimalist

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    I got two emails from Skype informing me that my mobile version of Skype is being retired. Did they drop support for older mobile (Android) version also?
     
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    Same email here - i'm getting sick of skype - only reason i still use it is because i have family and friends that use it... but now i'm thinking of switching to ooVoo or Viber, and hoping others do too... (Jitsi would be even better for the encryption/privacy but it's unrealistic to expect other to use it)
     
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    Yes, I also use it only to talk to my sister and at work to connect to my co-workers. Don't know if I will switch in near future because all of them won't be switching.
     
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    Greeting! Please! suggest alternatives..
    And what would be the way to remove it from Windows 8.1?
    Also, what is your of OneDrive and how would remove it from Windows 8.1?

    Kind regards,
     
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    Greeting!;)

    Please! suggest alternatives. For Skype and One Drive?

    Many thanks!
     
  16. pegas

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    Viber - a crossplatform application (Win, OS, iOS, Andoid)

    Google Drive
     
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    Thank you!;) For the information in the above, posts!:)
    Does anybody know how to remove One Drive in Windows 8.1.?
     
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    I use xmpp for me and my family for communication. And Wuala, Jotta, Bittorrent Sync or Syncthing for file transfer.
     
  19. Moose World

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    Greeting!

    Could you provide a link for xmpp?

    Thanks! Nice feedback! Keep it coming!;)
     
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    I have an account on Jabber.se, but you can make one on another server (DuckDuckGo, Jitsi, etc.).
     
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    I did. After Skype started acting out with a their routers and overheating their laptops. Switching to Vsee was easy. It's so much easier on the CPU and works much better at lower internet speeds.
     
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    +1! :thumb:
     
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    I use XP and Skype 4.2 and today i got a message that Skype does not support XP. Adding the above adress to my hosts file doesn't seem to work. Is there any solution?
     
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    I now use version 3.80 for Windows.I first installed version 5.x,logged on it.After that I turned it off,uninstalled,and after that installed Skype 3.80 which is working well.I think that is the last version which can works after "patching".
     
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    I'm using version 3.0.0.19. I don't know if my "patch" will work for later versions. I've tried it with, I believe, up to 3.2. I get a message that I needed to upgrade for security reasons if I run this version without it. I found ui.skype.com by inspecting the logs of my firewall and checking where skype was communicating to after I got the security message. I just use skype as a cheap phone service and I'm not interested in anything they've added to the new versions. I also like to keep copies of voicemails on my own computer and this version does that well.
     
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