Microsoft repairs Skype chat syncing glitch

Your Skype chats will now stay in sync among different devices, promises Microsoft.

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Skype users frustrated by messages that won't sync from one device to another should welcome a new fix from Microsoft.

Touting the service's "enhanced chat experience" in a blog posted Thursday, Skype product marketing manager Elaine Ansell said that chats are now synced across all of your Skype-enabled devices. Push notifications will also alert you when you have a new message waiting for you.

Ansell acknowledged that the Skype syncing issue caused people to miss messages and to run into messages marked as "read" on one device and "unread" on another. In response, Microsoft had been working on a fix for the problem.

"We also understand the importance of knowing that messages you send have been delivered and that you receive all of the messages sent to you," Ansell said. "Now you can have peace of mind that your friends 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."

Skype users should now see less of a battery drain and better startup and resume times on their mobile devices. Load times for the app itself and for your recent conversations should also be quicker, according to Ansell.

Other enhancements are in store for the coming months, Ansell promised. As one example, you'll see new notifications only on your current device, so they won't keep popping up on all your devices. Your Favorites contact list will also sync across all of your devices.

No update is required to grab the latest fixes and features. Skype users just need to be sure they're running the latest version of the software.

(Via The Verge)

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