Skype to Minimize Notifications Across Devices
Skype today announced a change to the way it handles notifications that should make users happier people. The idea is called Active Endpoint. Once rolled out, users will see Skype notifications only on the device they are actively using. In other words, people who use Skype on a tablet, smartphone, and laptop will only receive notifications on the smartphone if that's the device with which they're Skyping. The other devices will sit silently. If the user stops Skyping on their smartphone, future incoming alerts will sound on all three devices so the user doesn't miss messages/calls. If the user then opens Skype on their laptop, Skype notifications will stop pinging the smartphone and tablet, and so on. Active Endpoint will still allow for read notifications to sync across platforms and devices. According to Skype, users need to update their devices to the latest version of Skype in order to reap the benefits of Active Endpoint. Active Endpoint is being rolled out gradually.
Skype for Android Now Compatible with Android Wear
Skype has updated its Android application with support for Android Wear, giving people the power to manage Skype messages and calls from their wrist. Skype will surface notifications on Android Wear devices, and can be used to respond to messages via dictation or pre-set text.
Skype for iOS Gains Siri Support
Microsoft today released a new version of Skype for iOS 10 devices that includes support for Siri. Skype users can now initiate Skype calls by asking Siri to connect them.
Skype Redesigns Android App to Aid Usability
Skype has updated its Android mobile application with a refreshed user interface. Skype believes the changes make Skype look better and easier to use.
Skype 5.5 for iOS8 Adds Support for Extensions
Skype today updated its iPhone application to version 5.5. The latest rendition of Skype takes advantage of extensions, which are a new feature of iOS8.