Skype 4.x sucks ass!

loocas | miscellaneous,opinions,software | Monday, November 9th, 2009

Skype 4.1 UI

What the fuck is it with developers and their horrible UI designs these days?

It seems it all had started with Vista, or perhaps with the WPF? No fucking idea, but the UIs of the programs I use very often, well, pretty much all the times, are terrible! Distracting, eye-hurting, slow, un-ergonomic, cluttered, very difficult to use and most of all annoying.

One of such a program is Skype. I’ve dumped the dumb ICQ for good and I can’t seem to start liking the Messenger, so I’ve got stuck with Skype if I need to IM someone. Besides a lot of my friends are on Skype already, so it was only a logical choice. However, since I’ve upgraded to Windows 7 recently and I tried to install the version of Skype I’ve been using for ages, I found it doesn’t start under Windows 7. Not even when run in a compatibility mode. When logging in it silently crashes. So I started looking around for a solution as I really can’t stand the shitty UI of Skype 4.x.

Thankfully there is a solution if you like the UI of Skype 3.x and don’t mind losing the 4.x new features, however, you’ll have to downgrade quite a lot as the latest 3.x version (3.8.0.188 from November 19, 2008) doesn’t work either under Windows 7. I had to downgrade to Skype 3.6.0.248 (February 5, 2008), which seems to be working even without having to run in the compatibility mode.

The UI wars of modern software should be ended soon. I refuse to believe that Microsoft, Autodesk or any other company can’t afford real UI specialists to do the job RIGHT! The current UI bullshit that we see everywhere is just insane! It doesn’t serve anyone! Not the seasoned pros, not the newcomers, not nobody! Perhaps, maybe, the PR suites are happy, but that’s about it.

I fucking hate modern UIs just for the sake of being “IN”.

9 Comments »

  1. Its called evolution, dude. You can switch it to old layout by clicking on the left button next to minimize on the top of the window.

    Comment by SiGY — November 10, 2009 @ 00:02

  2. Hehe, yeah evolution for the sake of evolution is bullshit, not evolution. Besides the “old” layout isn’t really the one we were used to in Skype 3.x, but a sliced-up layout of Skype 4.x, which doesn’t really help.

    But anyways, I’m back to 3.6 and I’m fine :)

    Comment by loocas — November 10, 2009 @ 00:23

  3. I used the new skype for about 3 minutes before I downgraded it too. My wife did the same, so it’s not just you :)

    Comment by scroll_lock — November 10, 2009 @ 15:05

  4. hehehe…I thought you like the new max UI :D
    the new skype UI I don’t mind. it’s also cool that you can share screens. but there are two things killing me in the new one. when you copy messages it always adds a fucking: loocas wrote:”I talk shit all day long”

    and the worst of all(besides loocas talking shit all day long ;) )…having a chat or call to somebody causes my quadcore to run on almost full power…all cores!! not even max is multithreaded!!!

    Comment by goran — November 19, 2009 @ 00:23

  5. goran: LOL :D But the “share desktop” feature would be cool if the UI wasn’t really that bad! I hate it so much!

    Comment by loocas — November 19, 2009 @ 17:54

  6. Skype 4 is the worse sh*t ever, im realy thankfull for that link to good old skype =)

    Comment by mir — December 5, 2009 @ 23:06

  7. I agree so much that hurts!

    Comment by amok — January 13, 2010 @ 22:52

  8. Yeah, it sucks so much dick and even after a year or so of complaints, they haven’t seen to have done anything about it. Let’s just hope for the best in the next version.

    Comment by Mac — May 5, 2010 @ 21:44

  9. cant fucking agree any more!
    fucking skype..
    i payed enough money on it too since it was too great!
    I think EBAY RUINED IT (coulda even been next-century standard)

    so outrageous,, can’t function flawlessly on linux too?

    Comment by keith — May 8, 2010 @ 21:02

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