Re: Initial Skype for desktop 8 feedback

John Isige

Weirdly, apparently Skype 8 will run on XP SP3, Microsoft notes"• If
you're using Windows XP SP3, make sure you're using Internet Explorer 8
or higher." But I'm going to guess the day will come when that stops. It
would really surprise me if Microsoft did anything specific to make it
run on XP, I'm guessing it just happens to be the case that nothing
they've done has broken running under XP yet. But sorry, it's going to
die eventually. Less and less newer stuff will run under XP as time goes
on. Maybe ReactOS can get itself together eventually and everybody can
switch to that, LOL! Although I did see lately that they're bringing in
stuff from wine, so maybe that means more stuff will actually work. But
I still see stuff about installs hanging on the ReactOS screen, so
there's that. I might see if I can make a virtual machine of it just to
see if a version of NVDA will actually do anything. Oh wait ... hmmmm. I
wonder if I have an old system around? They've got a live CD and, in
theory, I could boot that and run NVDA off of the HD, there's no way I'm
letting it anywhere near real data.

On 8/1/2018 0:37, zahra wrote:
since my favorite version of windows is only windows xp, and i cant
use and accept newer versions of windows, what is the alternative and
replacement program for skype without need and forcing update and
support all versions of windows, accessible with nvda for voice call
and sending and recieving text messages?
thanks for any help, God bless you!

On 8/1/18, Shaun Everiss <> wrote:
what are the other choices, that work.

On 8/1/2018 1:54 PM, Jaffar Sidek wrote:
I boycotted skype since Microsoft took over.  I found the "New Skype"
more of a problem than a joy, so I ditched it.  Anyway, there are a
lot more Messaging apps these days, and Skype can be skipped for other
more usable choices in my opinion.

On 31/7/2018 6:54 PM, Brian's Mail list account via Groups.Io wrote:
I agree. It seems to take companies twice as long to fix issues of
major impact to the blind compared to the sighted. Also you are
right, and its particualrly true of Skype that every step forward has
screwed up something that used to work. They obviously do not evolve
their software, the recreate it from scratch every time and probably
using a different programmer which means bad documentation of
previous cock ups, since this call answering issue has a long history
in Skype, its a now you have it now you don't feature.
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----- Original Message ----- From: "Gene" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 1:45 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Initial Skype for desktop 8 feedback

A lot of these sorts of problems could be avoided if companies would
properly beta test accessibility before foisting inferior new
versions on blind people as production programs.  I don't go around
crying discrimination, but this sort of thing, releasing an
improperly evaluated version and making blind users responsible for
alerting companies about problems, then having companies take months
or longer to correct problems, is blatantly discriminatory.  If
proper evaluation and beta testing is done in general, it should
extend to accessibility.  I guess separate is not equal isn't
supposed to extend to blind people.

----- Original Message -----

From: Shaun Everiss
Sent: Monday, July 30, 2018 7:24 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Initial Skype for desktop 8 feedback

Hmph, its obvious that skype 7 is more accessible and usable and less
crappy than skype 8 I do hope they fix it.

In the mean time I may have to get chrome and use hangouts or whats app
or something.

On 7/31/2018 11:16 AM, Cristóbal wrote:
Hello list,

So, some initial feedback after updating to Skype 8.x

Muscle memory issues with the new keystrokes aside which are always
going to
take a bit getting used to, I’m finding certain aspects to be quite
frustrating. I’ve already written Microsoft about some of this via the
feedback option in the app as well as on Twitter.

Anyway, the immediate thing is that with this updated version, there
seem to be any means to have the Skype ringer alert go to a separate
source like external or PC speakers. There’s only one option for
which if you’re using a headset, which I’m pretty sure most if not
all of us
are using is the only viable option. More so for those of us who
have a paid
number. The end result is that when you get an incoming call, the
quite easily drowns out anything Jaws (in my case) may say. I don’t
use the
audio ducking feature as I find it to be too distracting. One can go
the speaker settings in Skype and lower the volume or the speaker
in Windows 10 to lower Skype volume, but all that accomplishes is
that in
addition to the ringer being lowered, the call audio is lowered as
Also, I’ve already twice missed an incoming call because I took my
off for this or that reason and didn’t hear the ringer alert fast
through the headset to put it back on and get to the Skype window in
time to
pick up.

I had mentioned previously that the hotkeys also no longer to appear
to be
universal. Indeed, this is the case. So now, when you get an
incoming call,
you have to scramble to the Skype window since at least for me, I’m not
taken there automatically and if I’m in a different virtual desktop,
taskbar short cut win key plus X, Y or Z won’t work and try to
listen to
figure out if I’m finally in the Skype window which again, as described
previously, isn’t as easy since the ringer is drowning everything
else out.
The few times I’ve had a chance to take an incoming call and used the
control plus shift plus P command, Skype actually initiates an
outgoing call
as well as answering the incoming call. This . . . has proven to be
problematic to say the least.

More than once already, I’ve found myself trying to orientate myself
on the
Skype screen to maybe tab to the answer button instead of using the
to avoid this issue with answering/making a duel call, but so far, I
been able to access the answer/accept call button in time.

This leads me into the other issue. I so far have not been able to
find any
of the telephone settings for Skype. Settings in Skype appear to be
basic. Nothing however for voicemail greeting, managing call
forwarding and
or ringer time. I know I can probably if need be access some of these
features via the Skype web account, but talk about a needless step

One other thing for Jaws users (I don’t use NVDA enough to know how the
dictionary manager works), I had a bunch of saved entries for phone
to speak this or that clinic. It seems that the Skype app is Chrome
so, they didn’t port over. I’m sure I can go into my Jaws settings
and try
and play around with changing a dictionary manager file association,
again, just another inconvenience.

IN broad terms, the app all in all seems accessible and navigating
like a webpage is easy enough, but it lacks some serious functionality.

It is much easier to make calls, but receiving/answering… it’s still
to say the least.

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