I wanted to thank you, but I don't see a t/y button
Thanks for the list.
I don't want to have to pay for anything & neither will anyone else unless they are running a business, but I did reach out to one of them since some don't even have a PC version which is nuts.
Some are already gone from that list & Vimeo is terrible. I tried it back in 2014 & I couldn't hear the other person nor could I answer the phone.
Since I posted this I found out (get this) that I can STILL use the old version of SK.
I had it set up on my desktop (code of some sort) where I could launch more than one SK handle at the same time (I have several.)
When SK first started forcing me to use their app, the code wouldn't work.
Just by happenstance, I decided to click on one of my handles while the new version was up & running & they WORKED. Why I don't know, but I'm not going to complain.
I went thru the new app in detail which I didn't do before & they really did remove a lot of settings which is idiotic. Not to mention they combine all of your calls with your contact list so instead of seeing a short list of contacts, you have this HUGE list of called intermingled with your list so it's hard to find anyone.
And the look of it that makes it harder for me to see (too light & smaller font & before you could change the font size, now you can't).
And of course you are right, most people don't want to switch from SK since they have been using it for years.
What's even more odd, is that my other computer can STILL use the old SK. No matter how many times I restart, it still comes up.
This tells me that MS is rolling it out slowly, but now that they removed it from their server, how is it now that the entire WORLD isn't bleeping?
I have done searches on this issue for the last month & there's been NOTHING coming up in G, unless G is blocking them. In fact, the ONLY place people are fuming is on MS's community area which I normally won't go on to, but for this I have.
Since G has started striking & deleting a lot of alternative news channels & now this with MS, I don't trust EITHER of them. They are up to something, we will just have to wait & see.
It's the old chicken & egg thing, ain't it? You really hate having to use Skype....but you're stuck with it, 'cos everybody you know uses it too!
Personally, I gave MyCrudSoft's pitiful excuse for what used to be a halfway decent app the 'two fingers' quite some time ago. I now use an app called WIRE, by a Swiss firm called WireGmbH. A clean, minimalist interface (still with everything you need); video and chats/calling.....and end-to-end encryption, too. If anyone is fanatical about security & privacy, it's the Swiss! And the source code, etc., is regularly audited as well.....ensuring complete transparency.
There's plenty of choice out there now. One thing about M$'s messing around with Skype; it's triggered an explosion of development. This might give you some idea of what's available:-
The only problem you then face is that of persuading folks who've only ever known Skype to try something different. Probably the easiest one to start with is Google's Hangouts; web-based (so platform-agnostic), and all you need is to use the Chrome browser, and sign up for a free GMail a/c. Couldn't be simpler. Video and audio quality are superior to Skype, too!