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Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier 267

Posted by samzenpus
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lurker412 writes Yesterday, and without previous warning, all Mac users running Leopard or earlier versions of OS-X have been locked out of Skype. Those customers are given instructions to update, but following them does not solve the problem. The Skype Community Forum is currently swamped with complaints. A company representative active on the forum said "Unfortunately we don't currently have a build that OS X Leopard (10.5) users could use" but did not answer the question whether they intend to provide one or not.
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Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

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  • Microsoft (Score:5, Interesting)

    by WillKemp (1338605) on Wednesday August 06, 2014 @07:35PM (#47618845) Homepage

    Who owns skype now?

  • and linux aswell (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 06, 2014 @07:35PM (#47618853)

    I couldnt connect to skype yesterday from my ubuntu box. Way to go microsucks...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 06, 2014 @07:44PM (#47618905)

    Things are very different in the Mac world. Many Mac users buy for the long term. And by "long term", we're talking well over a decade. Buying a $2000 or more Mac isn't like buying a $400 Windows PC or a $150 Chromebook. Macs aren't seen as disposable computers that'll fall apart and be thrown out after only a year or two. They're built to last, the people who buy them expect them to last, and there's no reason why software that already runs on them shouldn't continue to run on them for years to come. Six or seven years is a very long time in the land of Windows, I will give you that. But six or seven years is half of the expected usable lifespan of a typical Mac.

  • Re:For comparison (Score:4, Interesting)

    by OzPeter (195038) on Wednesday August 06, 2014 @07:50PM (#47618963)

    This is roughly the equivalent of blocking Windows Vista. Vista was released in 2007 (January) as was Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard 2007 (October)

    And my desktop Mac is stuck on Snow Leopard because Apple decided that my hardware can't run any OS-X later than that, regardless of the CPU being capable of doing it.

  • by Dr. Spork (142693) on Wednesday August 06, 2014 @07:52PM (#47618973)
    I was using the last pre-MS version of the client, which had the "ring all speakers" option. I have several sound devices in my computer, and when my headphones are plugged in, they on their own don't ring loud enough to hear an incoming call. Luckily my HDMI monitor has speakers that don't get any use, except that Skype could make them ring with the "ring all speakers" option. They were loud enough to hear calls. That was until about an hour ago.

    My client just stopped working, booted me off the network, and after messing with it for a while, I finally got the message that my Skype version is too old, and that I either get the new crippled client, or I can't Skype at all.

    Many people have petitioned to have the "ring all speakers" re-implemented. It worked great. But Microsoft's answer has been: Fuck you, we will never do that. Stop pleading, we don't care. It didn't bother me too much until today. I just thought I'd stick with version 5.10.116 forever. Oh well. So thanks, Skype, for making my life shittier today. Boy am I happy I pre-paid a year of unlimited Skype Out!

  • Possible workaround (Score:5, Interesting)

    by DeathElk (883654) on Wednesday August 06, 2014 @08:15PM (#47619099)

    Try this: http://community.skype.com/t5/Mac/My-solution-to-continue-using-Skype-2-8-on-older-OS-X-Lion-etc/td-p/3454441 [skype.com]

    Simple firewall rule to block access to ui.skype.com. Also, I don't see why
      127.0.0.1 ui.skype.com
      in /etc/hosts wouldn't work..

  • Yes, boo Microsoft (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Camael (1048726) on Thursday August 07, 2014 @03:23AM (#47620873)

    Let met know when Apple allows other Os's can use Imessage. That is when they get it fixed.

    I don't currently use any Apple products, but even I can tell there is a difference between a messaging system that was built right from the start to be locked out of its competitor's OS and one which originally was platform independent, but had that feature removed.

    To use a simple car analogy, if I bought a car knowing from the start it only ran on fuel brand X, so be it. If I bought a car which could run on all types of fuel, and during routine maintenance at the shop they changed a part so that it only ran on fuel brand Y, I would be mightily pissed.

    Surely you can appreciate the difference.

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