MICROSOFT SEEMS INTENT on ruining Skype. Once the go-to app for internet calls and instant messaging, it’s now the most annoying bit of junk that I have to use on a daily basis. With Windows 10, Microsoft decided to pre-install the new Windows Store version of Skype. Launching as a beta, the new application worked, right up until the point that the final version was released.
At this point, Skype decides it would log me out. No problem, I think, as I enter my well-known username and password. Only this time, Skype tells me I’ve made a mistake and that the details are wrong. So I retype, and get the same thing. I carefully retype the information, looking closely at each key, and get the same error message. So I open up Notepad, type in my username and password, and carefully check everything is right, before copying and pasting into Skype. Still nothing. I angrily click the forgotten password link, follow the online instructions and receive a reset code to my mobile phone. New password created, it’s back to Skype, where the new details still don’t work. I download the old Skype app for Windows (the one with a proper installer). My username and password work, and I’m back in. I’ve now got a working Skype client, although I’ve had to change my password for no good reason. All is well with the world – until a week or so later when I have to use my laptop. I decide to install the traditional client, but then hit a snag: I can’t remember my new Skype password. Time to reset my username and password again. And, given that my original password wasn’t compromised, I think, ‘I’ll enter that’. Only, Microsoft won’t let me reuse an old password when resetting a password. As a result, I decide to go for something clever, like ‘ihateskype’ followed by my original password. It’s accepted, and I have the minor victory of typing something rude about Skype. It’s a brilliant move, until I need to re-enter the password on my main computer, and can’t quite remember the angry phrase I used; most likely because I was too annoyed at Skype to pay proper attention. Arghhh! I think I may just delete Skype; anyone that wants to get hold of me should send a pigeon.