Did you upgrade to Skype 5 recently? How do you feel? Angry? You aren’t alone. Even though Skype 5 added a lot of really great user requested features, they dropped the ball with one of the most important aspects of any software application: user interface (UI). Skype went from being a sleek streamlined communication tool that comfortably found a small piece of real estate on your computer desktop in version 4.0, to a massive screen hogging monster in version 5.
TUTORIAL: How to Downgrade Crappy Skype 5 to An Older Version
The uproar over Skype 5 is almost unprecedented. When was the last time you upgraded an application and hated the new version so much that you wanted to blog and tweet about it? Try doing a Google search (link) or Twitter search (link) for “Skype 5” or “Skype 5 sucks” and you’ll see there are a lot of really unhappy Skype users out there… especially on Mac.
We extensively searched Skype.com for any official reaction from the company addressing this user uproar, but failed to find anything. We did however find a page that touted some of Skype 5’s new features including “full screen interface.” That made us laugh.
Anyway, since everyone hates Skype 5 so much, we thought we’d show you how to download and install an old version of Skype. It’s easy. All it takes is 5 steps and a deep breath. Ready? Here’s a link to the tutorial.
Thank you thank you thank you for your page about putting my old Skype back.
I tried this for Windows, but the link for it seems to point to the Mac page still. No worries, I found the right thing, but you might like to update your article.
Also about Windows: it wants Skype uninstalled before it can be reinstalled. This doesn’t seem to delete the history (which in my case I wanted to keep) but if anyone is concerned, it appears one can back it up by going to %appdata% and
the very first thing the old Skype wanted to do was to update itself back to the version I was trying to get rid of. In Windows, at least, this is under Tools, Options, Advanced, When a new version of Skype is available…