I have been using Skype for a long time. What I like about it is that I can have it start up silently when I log on and quietly sit out of the way on my task bar until there is a request or a notice. The notices are little toast pop-ups and they are innocuous.
I have the same setup for Windows Live Messenger.
With the latest updates, Skype broke the rules. Now, whenever I log on, there is a Skype Home window and the basic Skype tool. I have to close them every time I sign on to my computer. There is no Tools | Option that gives me any control over this behavior.
Well, I have a behavior for that. It is called not starting Skype when I log onto my computer. There is an option for that.
Bye Bye …