I know that there is no full-scale alternative client as the Skype protocol is closed, but perhaps there is an alternative UI for the official Skype client?

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    @DanielB its not about software recommendations, its about whether or not any options are at all available Apr 17, 2019 at 20:30
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Now there is a Web UI. This does not provide the whole features, but at least it is not a resource-hog. https://web.skype.com/

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    Also the hotmail webpage has Skype chat column, and does hide ads :D. But, both Skype, Hotmail interface and web.skype sucks. Everyone has BIG bad things on it... As i read on their own forum, Skype is the most well-made core with the worst designed UI ever made. Why do I need 3 bad UI? Make just one that works and do not close the core to make them better.
    – m3nda
    Apr 6, 2016 at 2:32

As you have mentioned, Skype's protocol was never published, so no alternative clients are available.

There's a IM Client I know called Miranda IM, which integrates to Skype but requires it to be running in the background.

If you're into gaming, you can try Overwolf or Xfire, which both integrate to Skype and other Social Media sites (ex. Facebook).

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