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The lowest possible rating for Microsoft's poorly-tested transition from Lync.

With no more than four users per organisation to test Skype for Business for Android http://web.archive.org/web/20150812235214/https://www.skypepreview.com/ – and with the unrealistically low number of three favourite contacts (second screenshot below) – it's no surprise that Microsoft's notion of ease is far from reality.

Think: presence. No compact, at-a-glance list of who's online. No compact, at-a-glance list of who's away.

Instead: Microsoft's star. Blue, which suggests that it should respond to a tap, but it's unresponsive. Plus a mass of oversized circles with a meaningless variety of colours.

No disclosure triangle – and neither the blue star, nor the blue word 'Favorites' is responsive – so the mass that underlies the Contacts menu is unavoidable. With sixty-six favourites it was necessary to perform five extreme swipes (bottom-to-top) before the first organisational or user-defined group became visible on a Yotaphone 2.

Microsoft proudly states: "Easily find a contact within your groups…". Truly: five swipes, before appearance of the first disclosure triangle for a group, is not ease of use. Such things are the hallmarks of an ill-conceived, poorly tested user interface.

As a workaround I created a user-defined group of favourites, then used a desktop application to copy everything from the Microsoft-defined Favorites (a.k.a. pinned contacts) to my favourites, then removed everything from Favorites. Then uninstallation from Android, to work around a sync failure (for an unreasonably long period, more than fifty of sixty-six contacts remained in the wrong place). Final step in the workaround: re-installation.

Post-workaround: the third and fourth shots below show the unavoidable empty Favourites (Microsoft's mess) and the more user-friendly, user-defined group of favourites. Friendly – a disclosure triangle.

A poor user experience. For that UX: Microsoft's lone, blue, sadly unresponsive star deserves no more than one of five stars under https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.lync15 …
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Recently I hear good things about Unify. Project Ansible and Circuit have reignited my interest in communications technologies. 
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Any plans for mum to try Lumina desktop? 

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=20531526#post20531526

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Extremely impressive. I'm rarely inspired to purchase a new product (I make great use of long-lasting secondhand goods) but YotaPhone 2 appears exceptional. I'm ready to spend, but I'd like to actually handle one before making the purchase. 

If any owner in the Brighton (East Sussex) area is willing to let me see one, for just a few minutes, I'll be very grateful. 

I see https://shop-uk.yotaphone.com/shop/yotaUK/store/cancelorder and terms and conditions at https://shop-uk.yotaphone.com/shop/YotaUK/Store/Index but (sorry) it's not clear what the routine should be if I discover, through using the handset, that it doesn't meet my expectations. 

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https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/little-green-apples/id924296823?i=924296828 – love it, got it for myself, gonna get it for a friend

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"… Forget that Yosemite is associated with so many problems. Forget that you could have stuck with Mavericks but instead, you switched to Yosemite and now your Mac is ugly as fuck."

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Bastard love child of Dick Emery and Stanley Baxter.

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The flattened pile of covers in OS X 10.10 Yosemite is an absurd regression in usability.

Flat? Really?

Apple, please, take a hint from the first few seconds of this advertisement from over forty years ago: http://www.ktel.com/classics_products.php?id=176

Yosemite? Really?
 
OSX 10.2 released and #Coverflow  IS STILL UGLY on #Yosemite ...
While Windows 10 gets better, OSX looses one design highlight after another ....  :-/
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Who's the presenter in this 1997 Apple video?

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Here’s a look at the earliest version of the Apple Watch’s Digital Crown… from IBM | 9to5Mac 
http://9to5mac.com/2014/11/21/apple-watch-ibm-watchpad/

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Outdated or not, I love this recording. It's an entertaining and realistic snapshot of how users can react to poorly designed software. Videos such as this should be compulsory viewing for developers of popular operating systems. 
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