Skype chat notifications to work intelligently across multiple devices
If you are a Skype user with the app running on multiple devices you might be familiar with the cornucopia of alerts you get sometimes – all emanating from a single message. Until now Skype sent chat notifications to any and all devices upon which you used the app and were on. Currently rolling out is a new version of the app which aims to only send such alerts to the device which you are currently using.
With Skype available on so many platforms such as computers, smartphones, tablets, consoles and even smart TVs its easy to get alerted to death when you sign on to any of them after not being on for a while. Suddenly a message backlog appears on the reawakened device and loads of messages from the last few days pop up pat once. Alternatively You might be on your computer chatting and switching back and forth doing work but you smartphone or tablet Skype app keeps echoing the chat notifications on your computer.
Even Microsoft knows what a pain its IM client can be: “Plink. Plink. Ring. Beep. Beep. Beep. ENOUGH! You don’t need your phone to tell you there’s a new message that’s right in front of your face on your computer screen,” wrote Eric Lin on the Skype Blog.
Microsoft has worked on this cacophonous annoyance and come up with a solution that is rolling out “over the next few weeks” to all the latest revisions of Skype. The technology behind the improvement is called active endpoint.
So what if you are not using any of your devices which have Skype installed? In this case the chat alert goes to all devices where it can be picked up and then – whichever device you do choose to pick up becomes the active endpoint, thus silencing alerts to any/all other Skype app equipped devices.
I am happy with this Skype improvement as it is the IM of choice for both workmates, friends and family. Also I also have been suffering from the wasteful, irritating echoed alerts from mobile devices beside me while typing on my computer. Bring it on!