It's rare that a new piece
of software generates only positive feedback, but the world's most popular VoIP
app has seemingly frustrated throngs of loyal Mac users, including a number of technologically savvy individuals within these very walls. A brilliant comparison of the old vs. new has emerged over at Ignore The Code
(linked down below for your perusal), and it got us wondering -- are average consumers seeing this any differently? There's no question that Skype 5 for Mac
looks a heck of a lot like the Windows build, but as the aforesaid article points out, it seems that the UI engineers lowered the standard of the OS X version rather than dragging the Windows variant up. What makes the new edition so difficult to swallow is just how ideal the prior model was -- now, it's a chore to spot contacts, initiate chats and handle the most basic of tasks that Skype should handle. So, we'll leave it to you: is Skype heading in the wrong direction in terms of usability and functionality, or should the collective world just get a grip?
How's Skype 5 for Mac treating you?
|Wonderfully! What's all the fuss about?||2156 (9.6%)|
|It's so-so. Gets the job done, anyway.||3372 (15.0%)|
|Markedly harder to use. I want my old build back.||10150 (45.2%)|
|Skype? I still call people using pay phones on street corners that no longer exist!||6786 (30.2%)|