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Skype 5 Forcing Updates

Word is trickling in that Skype has introduced a “feature” no one is going to like: forced updates. Many people have thus far opted out of upgrading to the newest version of the popular calling software, choosing to wait until the many bugs have been fixed. However, Skype doesn’t want to give you the choice of when to update your software. They are simply doing it for you, according to the community.

Even if you have told your current version not to automatically check for updates, it’s going to do it anyway. Users are reporting that while the software is updating itself, clicking the button to cancel it and exit out “does nothing to stop it.” Additionally, the option to disable auto updates or roll back is conveniently gone from this new version.

Thankfully, Jack Zhang has found a hack which will keep your Skype version where you want it. “Just set the file permissions for the “SYSTEM” and “Administrators” accounts in Windows on the Skype.exe file to deny writing. I have not gotten the forced update ever since.”

This stinks, fellow geeks. Since when should we EVER be forced to accept a software update if we don’t want it? Why has it suddenly become okay for Skype – or anyone – to make changes to my system without my authorization? If you have your program set to allow these updates, that’s all fine, well and good. However, when people have purposely turned that option OFF, there is no reason an update should be forced. Not allowing them to stop the update while it’s in progress or roll back to an older version is just bad juju.

Skype. Get with the program. Knock this crap off. Pronto!

What are your thoughts? Do you appreciate Skype so kindly updating your software for you?

Skype Brings Facebook to the Table

The new version of Skype was announced today, complete with several features you’re going to love. The company announced that the new version of Skype 5.0 for Windows will include a deep Facebook integration. Additionally, you will receive a free trial of the new group video calling function. The new version of Skype also features automatic call recovery, which helps you immediately reconnect calls that are interrupted due to Internet connection problems. Add in an overhauled UI, and you have the makings of a serious VoIP client.

After logging in via Facebook Connect, you’ll be able to see your Facebook News Feed with the Skype interface, post status updates that can be synced with your Skype mood message and comment and like friends’ updates and wall posts. In terms of actual integration with the VoIP end of things, you can now call and SMS your Facebook friends on their mobile phones and landlines from Skype. You can also make a make a free Skype-to-Skype call if your Facebook friend is also a Skype contact.

As of now, Skype has about 560 million registered users. Add to that the bajillions who use Facebook, and you have the makings for a beautiful friendship. It’s a no-brainer… not everyone on FB uses Skype, and not everyone on Skype uses FB. What better way to convince them to join up than by adding in an excellent and simple interface to connect the two together? It sounds like a match made in Heaven to me.

What are your thoughts? Will you connect your Facebook to your Skype account? Do you think the new features are something people will enjoy… or come to hate?