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.

Skype on iPhone

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I am not sure how I hadn’t heard of this before (maybe because I went out of town the last 4 days and didn’t even take my laptop!) I was ‘off the grid’ for a while….really enjoyed it, actually.

Regardless, I was perusing the blogosphere this morning as well as monitoring Twitter and Facebook. Lo and behold, there is now Skype for iPhone (and my trusty iPod Touch).

There are reviews on PC World as well as CNet.

I downloaded the application from the iTunes store, entered my information (you need to have a Skype account) and it loaded up all my contacts and was working immediately.

The idea is to be able to use the iPhone and make calls without using AT&T minutes. The application will only work over Wi-Fi, but you can call your contacts directly (no video). There are additional features for allowing you to join conference calls and more to come.

If you have the iPod Touch, you will need to hook up a microphone or the headphone/mic combo like the iPhone in order to get the most out of the application.

After using the application this morning, I am convinced it will give Nimbuzz and Fring a run for their money on the VoiP front.

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.