After lots of feedback, Skype brings back granular presence control

A few months back, Skype went through an overhaul change, which made it more of a Snapchat clone.Apart from the filters, Microsoft changed the way the online status of users worked. The option to change “Active” to “Do Not Disturb” was removed. Like other chatting apps, Skype would show your Active when you are using the app. But users were not much happy with the change. That’s why in a blog post today, Microsoft has announced that they have changed the control.

In the introduction of the next generation of Skype, we made some big changes to how you show and manage your presence (i.e. visual online status) to others. You responded loud and clear – you were not happy with the changes we made. We’ve been reviewing your feedback and have some updates coming today to the Insider builds. We’re committed to providing you with an amazing experience and appreciate the time you’ve taken to share your thoughts. Let us know if we’ve addressed your concerns related to presence with these changes by completing the survey here.

You asked we delivered

  • Let me change my status. You can now set your presence from your avatar.
  • I want to be invisible. Added more presence options.
  • Show me my status. You can now always see the status you are showing others.
  • I cannot see who is online, make the green dot bigger! Made the presence indicators on your contacts larger.

These changes are available for Skype version 8.8.76.61480 for iOS, Android, Linux, Mac, and Windows Desktop. Coming to the UWP app soon.

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Skype Insiders on iOS, Android, Linux, Mac and Windows desktop with Skype version 8.8.76.61480 will get the feature soon while the UWP skype app will take more time.

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