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Microsoft has tweaked the presence model of its chat platform, Skype, in an effort to calm users still shrieking about lost features in the version 8 "upgrade".
Peter Skillman, director of design for Outlook and Skype at Microsoft, shared the good news via Twitter that after "HOURS" of meetings, the team had decided to deal with the horribly broken presence model in Skype 8.
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Peter, we feel for you, and we’re surprised not to see the hashtag #PrayForPeter after all the effort and work that has gone into to what could have been as simple as “stop flagging me as inactive just because I minimised the window”.
The changes, currently being trailed with Skype Insiders, are two-fold.
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The first deals with the maddening problem of users being marked as inactive when Skype was minimised. In the new world, if Skype is running, and the keyboard or mouse is in use, contacts will see the user as Active. There is no indication how long your hands need to be away from the keyboard before the app decides you are Active no more.
As far as the presence model itself is concerned, Microsoft plans four states – Active, Recently Active (where the user was Active...
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