MICROSOFT'S SKYPE voice over internet protocol (VoIP) and chat service is being updated again, as the company attempts to hammer out a "feature" that has been dogging it for years.
Skype will roll out Active Endpoint in the coming weeks to users across all platforms, and it hopes this will end the frustration of receiving notifications on a phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, television and wearables all at the same time.
Users on Skype 5.0 should start to find this happens less from now on after the improvements, which began earlier this year with the advent of synchronisation of read messages, are extended to irritating beepy noises.
Skype's Eric Lin said on the company's blog, "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."
The changes will mean that if you are detected as active on one device, say your phone, then alerts will only be sent your phone. If you are not using Skype on any device, but are signed in on several, only then will they all notify you.
The new system does not affect calls, which will ring on all devices, giving you the option to choose which one to answer. Chat history will sync across all devices, allowing you to stop using one device and start using another.
The update is due in the coming weeks. We're looking forward to seeing how well this really works, as in our experience the syncing between devices can be a bit flaky, so we're hoping that this will improve it.
Skype is in the process of retiring older versions of its apps that won't support Active Endpoint. This has left some of our readers with older devices in a bad situation as built-in obsolescence takes its toll on devices that are just four years old. µ