I have a confession to make. After giving the newest version of Skype for Mac the old college try, banging my head against the wall one too many times and a few grey hairs later, I have now ditched it to go back to 3.7.
I like Skype and use it for both work and personal communication. The basic features continue to be provided free to over 500 million users (it must be closer to 600 million by now), and throughout the years, while not perfect, the quality of connections has continued to improve. I often use Skype’s file sharing, video conferencing features, and use it for overseas calls.
Version 5.0 feels right visually , or at the very least is no worse than 3.7 is. As an Interaction Designer, I look for things that are intuitive, easy to use, and just make sense. In these regards, from what I’ve seen so far, Skype 5.0 is a step backward when compared to its predecessor.
To what end? Let’s just say the more sarcastic side of me imagined a room full of high-ranking Skype officials maniacally laughing as they plotted how to make the UI in the new version as frustrating at possible.