CONTINUING ITS POLICY of fixing things that should have worked in the first place and then applying further lock-in, Microsoft has announced a fix for Skype in Windows 8.1.
Version 2.6 of the Windows 8.1 app edition of Microsoft's popular voice over internet protocol (VoIP) and chat program adds synced chats across devices, meaning that if you take a call on your tablet, your desktop won't keep ringing for the next half hour, as used to be the case.
Chat history and read messages are also synchronised, meaning that you can have a conversation across several devices with full continuity, the way it should have worked in the first place.
Microsoft is pleased with itself for making these long overdue fixes in Windows 8.1, which were rolled out to other versions of Skype during February.
Additionally, this update comes with a twist to encourage the majority of Windows 8 users who have yet to upgrade, as the Skype update is reserved for Windows 8.1.
At the end of February, Windows 8 had a 6.38 percent market share, while Windows 8.1 had just 4.3 percent, meaning that most Windows 8 users haven't installed the free upgrade. This decision to make a significant app exclusive to Windows 8.1 is an escalation in Microsoft's efforts to get people to upgrade to the latest version of its operating system for PCs and tablets.
A major update for Windows 8.1 is also due next month after having been accidentally leaked by Microsoft last week. µ