It's either extreme laziness or deliberate monopolistic behaviour...
The reason can be anything - lack of resources, ongoing work on edge cases, licensing issues, etc.
Moreover, the Dropbox mobile apps and web UI still do not support editing plain text files (.txt / .md) -- even though they've added support for editing MS Doc (.doc / .docx) files. Compared to supporting editing MS Doc files, supporting plain text file editing would be so trivial for them to add, yet they haven't. I keep all my notes and thoughts in plain text files. When I don't have my Linux laptop, I'm forced to use Google Docs on my phone, even though I'd prefer to have all my notes/thoughts in my neatly organized collection text files.
Unfortunately, I don't know of any solid alternatives to Dropbox, that have reliable non-flaky support on Linux, and good iOS and Android apps.
For encryption, I'm using dm-crypt with LUKS on my root partition on Arch Linux: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Dm-crypt/Encrypting_an_...
It works pretty well. I didn't have to mess with the underlying encrypted LUKS partition/volume in order to reformat.
They may be planning a more gradual roll out to other clients once they have confidence with Chrome.
The product teams should NOT have to test on Mozilla Firefox. We (disclaimer: I am not an Mozilla employee. Just someone who loves the web.) have a very robust Web Compat program https://github.com/webcompat/web-bugs/issues/27435
and Web Compat is very interested in helping product teams.
I think what the Edge team was trying to say above was detect feature support, not browser vendor. In fact, I would say there are many professionals at Microsoft willing to help the Skype team use feature detection properly. or there is always the Mozilla Developer Documentation https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Learn/Tools_and_tes...
And then, as now, the page usually functioned fine under alternatives with a masked UA.
"Warning: You browser is unsupported. You may experience issues. Continue?" is the only defensible roadblock.
It’s on the public web. It should work in all major browsers.
It wouldn be interesting to see an evening, past work hours, US/Canada browser split. I would assume IE would tank vs being in 2nd. Edge would probably go down too though not as much.
On your hardware, using your OS version, on the single internet connection you tried, in your language, with your set of installed plugins, using your particular browser settings, and trying the limited set of features that you used to test it.
That's practically the definition of "it works on my machine."
I imagine the Skype team have a somewhat more rigorous testing methodology.
In recent year MS have showed itself in many good ways and I don't think that they will do such shady move without proper reason.
We need an open competitor to push back, not align themselves with Google's interests.
Personally I like it better for most things, so it’s not like I’m giving anything up and thus don’t feel bad recommending it to people.
I wouldn't rule out a general attitude of not caring about other browsers/engines for upcoming projects (in other words, returning to IE6-era behavior, but with the hand-wavy alibi of open source)
Using the term web app you might think that you can just point your browser at the URL and join, however, they've opted to make you download something where the actual conference takes place.
As for public usage, if you watch YouTube, Derek from Veritasium always uses Skype to call scientists.
Still better than web based solutions like Google Meet, Appear, Slack, etc. Specially for group calls and screen sharing.
I've never had a Skype account, since it required installing proprietary software, and then it became Microsoft which put me off it even more. I've also not used Google Hangouts, since I've heard that doing so would break the XMPP functionality of my Google Account (not sure how up-to-date this info is).
Anecdotally, I've been on Skype calls between friends (as in, connecting two rooms of people), and it seemed really laggy and low quality (this was post-Microsoft, which I hear changed the architecture from fast P2P to slow centralised, presumably for surveillance purposes).
Once it kept cutting out and I recommended trying meet.jit.si; that didn't cut out and had much better quality video. Tangentially: people were initially reluctant to try it, since they didn't want to bother signing up to a different service; implying some general assumption that all Web sites or P2P networks (a) require an "account" of some sort and (b) "accounts" must be distinct and not reusable. What a sorry state of affairs :(
That said, I've also had calls on meet.jit.si which were laggy until we turned off the video. So neither is perfect!
Think you would have to define your use case slightly more.
With a browser plugin you can even share your screen and there is a self hosted version, too.
(Though, now that I think of it, Skype API on the desktop was there before version 8―and since they've broken the app quite thoroughly in version 8, I'd be surprised if the API survived.)
"Device not supported"
They may not have a need for slack, they may also disagree with the inconsistent banning of users and servers on discord (if you are in a “wrong think” server at the time of its deletion there is a chance that your account gets nuked along with the server even if you are not active in the server. While other server that have been patently breaking TOS have been given given a pass by one or two on the safety team), they may of used Skype “back in the day” and just stuck with it and there are those of us who have to use Skype because that’s what our clients like to use.
But yeah there are still tons of people who who Skype.
If anyone from Microsoft is reading this, please fix this! I'm not using Skype on my personal machine at the moment and I would like it to not start up when I fire up my computer.