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Skype Chat notifications rebuilt around you

We all go through our days hoping our phone will buzz or beep or ring to let us know someone is thinking about us. Or something important is happening. Or OMG you have to see this video. But it can get a bit much. Especially when you have the same app running in lots of places. 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.

Earlier this year we announced improvements that would reduce some of the noise – specifically synchronizing read messages across multiple devices – and today we are pleased to announce the next step in our journey to offer the best possible Skype experience across all devices. Active endpoint is a new feature designed to only deliver chat notifications to the device that you’re currently using.

 How it works

If you are signed in to Skype on multiple devices (a laptop, tablet and a smartphone) and you are sending chat messages to a group of friends from your tablet. Skype will only send new message notifications to your tablet and not to any of your other devices. All of your other devices will remain blissfully silent.  You can continue to focus on the most important thing, your conversations, without being disturbed by the bleeping and buzzing from all of your other devices.

The moment you stop actively using Skype on any device, all devices will receive notifications again to make sure you never miss anything important. When you pick up any one of your devices to respond, we will stop send notifications to all other devices. Call notifications are still sent to all devices so you can answer on whichever gadget you prefer, not just the one you’re closest to.

Though the delivery of notifications is targeted and personalized to your own device usage, your chat history continues to sync across all devices allowing you to continue a conversation from any one of them.

We are currently rolling the active endpoint enhancement over the next few weeks so you should notice (or not notice ☺) this new feature soon. To make sure that you get the full active endpoint experience, please make sure that all of your devices are running the most up-to-date versions of Skype. You can do this either by visiting Skype.com or visiting the relevant app store and tapping upgrade/install.  As always, we’re keen to hear your feedback and ideas for Skype here, and to get the latest news and tips, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or join us on the Skype Community.

6 thoughts on “Skype Chat notifications rebuilt around you

  1. YES! Thank you!

  2. Could you specifically define “actively using” for us?

    Also, will this enhancement help with the unpopular phenomenon in which some clients (e.g. Android) always appear online? After all, if you can now tell when someone is “actively using” Skype, surely they shouldn’t appear as “Online” 100% of the time.

    • Some people love to moan ;)

      • That “actively using” is really unclear. How they gonna determine it? Timing? I can leave a room with my phone and still receive messages to my tablet. Phone sensors? More reliable but battery draining (well, with SensorCore on new Lumias it doesn’t matter, but I still got 920). Will I be able to turn this all off and back on? Does it affect read/unread sync between devices? In a word, there’s definitely much room for technical details, and I can’t see any moaning in asking for them.

  3. vitorcanova said 3 months ago

    Wow. Finally. We have been waiting it for so long. Hope it works as expected.

    Will it clear the unread message counter (usually the orange thing) as soon as I read in one device?

  4. We always like to hear good news.

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