Skype 5.0 Usability Sucks

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Patrick Neeman writes the top 5 reasons why the new Skype (for Mac) is worse than previous versions. 5 Reasons Skype for Mac Sucks.

I have to agree with everything he writes. In fact, in my personal use of Skype, I talk with people who are using a PC and I am flummoxed as to how to instruct them when they ask for help since the interfaces are so different. Why would that be? and why are the controls so non-intuitive? In fact, Skype seems to have doent he OPPOSITE of good interaction design with this version.

With so many users, one would think that they would have plenty of feedback to help make the newer versions of the application even easier… not harder to use.

All that being said, Skype still does a better job thanĀ  Google Video Chat, which is still suffering from lukewarm reviews.

Gmail Video Chat

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Google has now added Video Chat to Gmail.

Now there are lots of options.

Skpe

Seesmic

SightSpeed

Eyeball Chat

PalTalk

Ustream

And many more.

There is no reason why people should not be taking advantage of the increased communication power that face-to-face video chat provides.