It can be inconvenient or even unprofessional when Skype inserts emoticons into message text, for example if "subsection 13(n)" or
z = f(y) are given thumbs-down and thumbs-up symbols. Several questions about this behaviour in the Win32 Skype app (most recently version 7.x) have been asked here before, with various solutions including starting messages with
!! (two exclamation marks and then a space) or markdown-type formatting. See e.g. How to disable emoticons in Skype, Send preformatted text in Skype and Escape Skype Messages to Use Special Character Combinations.
The new Skype built in to recent updates of Windows 10 (I am on version 12.7.597.0) is radically different from the previous versions, for example the structure of the chat database changed and "advanced text formatting" (e.g.
_italic_) has been removed. I can't find official confirmation from Microsoft, but it seems one of these changes is that
@@ and other suggested solutions no longer work.
There no longer even seems to be the workaround of asking the conversation partner to turn off the display of emoticons on their end — the only IM display setting I can see is to turn off web link previews. Old IM settings on the left, new settings on the right:
I have found the issue somewhat less aggravating than before, since many short emoticon codes have been removed: starting lists with "(a)... and (b) ..." no longer gives angel and beer, and "401(k)" no longer kisses the person you are talking to. But (n) and (y) still catch me out sometimes, and there is now a very long list of words which, if mentioned parenthetically, produce an emoticon, so some way to avoid this would be welcome.