Skype Offers Speedier Syncing on Windows 8.1
A new update for users of Microsoft's latest OS remedies one of the multiplatform software's biggest annoyances and ensures that mobile and desktop Skype clients are no longer out of sync.Microsoft is promising a smoother Skype experience on Windows 8.1 with an update that does a better job syncing Skype across different platforms. Skype 2.6, available now at the Windows Store, will help stop Skype apps from displaying mismatched information. "With this update, if you have Skype running on multiple devices, your read chats and picked up calls will sync automatically," wrote Aga Guzik, head of Desktop Product Marketing at Skype, in a March 10 blog post. Similarly, Skype now does a better job of keeping chat sessions up-to-date, regardless of the device in use. Chat history and read messages are now automatically synced. "This way, wherever you are, you can continue the conversation you started," stated Guzik. "You can also send an IM while someone is offline and they will receive it the next time they sign in." The update is part of the company's ongoing efforts to improve Skype's chat and messaging functionality and unify the experience across multiple devices. Microsoft's goal is to allow users to pick up where they left off seamlessly as they switch to a smartphone or tablet. Skype apps are available for iOS, Android, Mac OS and, of course, Windows.
Microsoft is also working on delivering a snappier, more responsive Skype experience that stretches battery life. In a Feb. 13 blog post, Elaine Ansell, a Microsoft senior marketing manager, said users would "see improvements to battery life, startup times, and resume times."