I tried using the new Skype, and it really was a pretty miserable experience. I just reverted back to version 7.x today. Aside from a few bugs, version 8.x seemed to take more steps to do basic telephony tasks, and support for doing things by keyboard seems to have been reduced by quite a bit. I've been maintaining a Skype phone number and calling plan for many years as my business VOIP number, and I've been very happy with it. The old Skype version 7.x had been working great for team collaboration, but version 8 makes that more difficult, too. If the version 8 client is where Skype is heading, I guess it's time to start exploring other options. Perhaps a Google Voice number + Hangouts will do the trick.