We’re sure many of you have experienced the frustrations of using Skype chat over multiple devices. We know we have!
The main problem being that conversations just don’t sync reliably, sometimes not at all, so you can fire up your mobile app hoping to be able to pick up where you left off but sometimes find yourself days behind the chat window on your PC with no means of refreshing other than to restart the app and hope for the best.
Well, according to Microsoft, those troubles are now a thing of the past.
New push notifications will make sure you know when you have a new message in chat, and Skype chats are synced across all of your Skype-enabled devices. Praise be.
New Push Notifications also introduced
Microsoft says they also understand the importance of knowing that your messages have been delivered and that you receive all of the messages sent to you. Yes, Microsoft that kind of does matter in a communications app and the new updates ensure that your contacts will receive messages even if they’re not on Skype at the time you hit “send,” and, if you’ve read a Skype message on your phone, it’ll show as “read” when you check your messages on your laptop later in the evening.
Under the hood improvements will also preserve battery life and improve load timesThere are other improvements under the hood too which should, according to Microsoft, means less drain on your battery plus faster startup and resume times. They have also improved load times for the app and for recent conversations; in addition, it should now be faster to return to the app when it’s not running in the foreground.
The plans don’t stop there, however, and Microsoft promises that you’ll only receive notifications on the device you’re actively using. So, for example, if you’re on your tablet, then you’ll only see the notification there and additional notifications won’t double (or triple) up on your other devices. We would have liked to have seen that in this release but we’ll take what’s on offer!
Also, your Favourites contact list will “roam” and sync across all of your Skype-enabled devices.
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