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Skype for Xbox One gets updated with push notifications, synced chats

But you still can't take a call while gaming
Fri Mar 14 2014, 14:43
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MICROSOFT SUBSIDIARY Skype has released the first update for its Xbox One app, delivering some additional features including synced chats and push notifications.

"Since we launched Skype for Xbox One in November, we've been hard at work improving the living room experience for Skype users," Skype said in a blog post on Friday. "Today we are excited to announce the first update to Skype for Xbox One, which brings several new features."

First off, Skype boasts that it has vastly improved chat on the Xbox One. Synced chats is among the new features, which means that if you're also using Skype on a smartphone or PC, the Xbox One app will keep these conversations in sync. Push Notifications are also included, which means that Xbox One users will now see a notification when they receive a new Skype message.

What's more, the Xbox One app also now provides a longer chat history of up to 1,000 messages, rather than just for the past seven days.

The update also brings contact filtering to Skype for Xbox One. Microsoft explained, "With this update, you'll have the ability to filter your contacts by who is online, so you won't have to scroll through your entire contacts list to find someone to chat with."

Other new features delivered with the update include a first time tutorial, a handful of bug fixes, and, bizarrely, a set of Captain America emoticons.

While this all sounds well and good, perhaps aside from the Captain America emoticons, Skype still has yet to add functionality so that Xbox One users can take a call while playing a game.

Skype for the Xbox One is available to download for 'free' on the games console now, but only for those who have an Xbox Live Gold Membership. µ


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