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    "Still too Intrusive Behavior; remaining with v2.8.0.863"

    June 15, 2012  |   By dgkanter

    Pros

    Finally Skype is willing to be less obtrusive as the Contacts Monitor window can be made small and, more important, it no longer demands to remain in the foreground. (While I have no need for any of the bells & whistles that the Skype 5 series provides over the Skype v2.8.0.863--and, therefore I had remained with that earlier version because of the intrusive nature of the Skype 5 Contacts Monitor window.)

    Cons

    1. I haven't found a way to sort the display in the Contacts Monitor window by status when its contents are "Skype". I can change the contents to "Online" to see just them, but I want the "Skype" contents to as they are in v2.8.0863.
    2. Even though I had Skype only showing the Contacts Monitor window when it went to the background, when one clicks Skype's Dock icon to bring the focus back to Skype, it insists on opening the main Skype window, rather than just returning to having just the Contacts Monitor window displayed with Skype as the active application. (If I use Command-Tab and select Skype, I am returned to Skype with just the Contacts Monitor window open, but that requires extra steps.)

    Summary

    Big improvement in being less intrusive as the Contacts Monitor window can be made small and it will go to the background, but sticking with v2.8.0.863 as other aspects of that window and its behavior in Skype 5 remain, for me, a step backwards--and I have no need for the other enhancements over Skype 2 that Skype 5 provides.

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  • Reply by MacGuffin on July 5, 2012

    Thanks for your review. I'm running version 2.8.0866 and still don't see a reason to upgrade.

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