dennisgorelik: (Default)
New version of Skype deleted option to record custom voice mail greeting and deleted my custom voice recording message.

There is no way to record custom greeting now:


https://secure.skype.com/account/main-page?page=callForwarding


Why would Skype/Microsoft team delete that feature? Was it hard to manage?

My guess is that the reason for that feature deletion - is that Microsoft is pushing for new version of Skype: "Skype App".
"Skype App" seems to be designed for mobile phones and does not even have support for hotkeys.
dennisgorelik: (Default)
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http://www.alexstjohn.com/WP/2017/05/01/just-made-video-conferencing-work/
As long as Skype sucks, it’s pretty clear to everyone that Microsoft is in no danger of pioneering any revolutionary new UI paradigms when you have yet to master getting any of the old ones right yet.
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Basic video conferencing with a little audio and a dumb camera are barely functional in the year 2017 and the clowns responsible for it are getting wall-to-wall press coverage about the fairy-tale technology they are contriving to solve tiny irrelevant problems, INSTEAD of making their own multi-billion dollar telecommunications platform work reliably so that I can ACTUALLY stay in my own home instead of having to constantly spend thousands of dollars traveling on businesses.
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What if - you just made video conferencing so reliable that you put hotels, rental cars and the airlines completely out of business?
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To be fair, telecommuting is getting better over time. Mostly because internet channels are getting faster and more reliable.
I do not need video, but I need a screen sharing.
Unfortunately Skype misbehaves when there are multiple people joining conference: screensharing may unexpectedly stop, participants may drop or simply do not hear each other...
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For many years already I am using Skype Phone (1-904-425-9555).
I receive incoming calls from all over the world, call to the US and Canadian numbers every day and occasionally call to international phone numbers (India, UK, Russia, Australia, South Africa, Nigeria, etc.)

Skype charged me less than $90 per year.
Here are my transactions for the last year:
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Skype Number, 12 month subscription $40.12 (charged in February 2017)
Unlimited US & Canada 12 months $26.88 (charged in February 2017)
Skype Credit (for outgoing calls to other countries) $10.00 (charged in June 2016)
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Skype is a little bit messy with their billing (not immediately clear what "You sent a payment of $26.88 USD to Skype Communications Sarl
(paypalpayments@skype.net)" mean), but after finding out how much does Skype Phone actually cost to me - it seems like a good deal.

What do you use for your phone?

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