Skype 4.17 for iOS released; adds push notifications for chats

Microsoft has just released the first Skype app update for 2014, adding some new features and improvements to the iOS version. The 4.17 build is available for download for iPhone and iPad devices and now supports using push notifications for all Skype chat messages.

The official Skype blog states:

With this version, all your chat messages will now be pushed to your iPhones and iPads using Apple’s push notification network. This means we can deliver your messages in a timely way which will then show up in your notification center and on your lock screen as expected. As long as you are signed into Skype, your private (1:1) chat messages will be delivered just like any other push notification.

Microsoft adds that the new iOS version has removed the offline timer setting which it claims improves the push notification experience. The Skype team is also working to support adding push notifications for group chats in the future.

Besides the chat improvements, the Skype iOS app now supports two way HD video calls on the new iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display. Finally, Microsoft says there have been some minor layout changes on both the iPhone and iPad versions.

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The Skype teams sucks. They push out more updates for Android and iOS than Windows. How about some new features for the Windows 8/WP8 apps? Why doesn't Skype stay connected like my old MSN messenger while my device is turned off?

This is weird, it says added push notifications, but ive had them since I installed Skype on my phone a bout a year ago. Am I missing something?

There is obviously work going into the wp version, i know this, but i also share the frustrations of others on here. I know they will be working on improvements, and its possibly something to do with the 8.1 update and/or currently missing API/abilities of the platform, but dam its frustrating.

iOS 4.17 LOL!, talking about confusing title .

I use to do Skype call a lot years ago, but thanks to LINE, iMessage and Facetime I can enjoy free Messaging, Voice and Video Calls. Skype took much time to do something that should be done a long time ago.

Still good to have push notifications for chats in iOS 7. Even tough I don't install Skype anymore in my iOS device or computer anymore.

Alright, so they can work out how to use Apple's push notification system properly.

BUT STILL HAVE NO CLUE HOW TO USE THE PUSH NOTIFICATIONS IN WINDOWS PHONE 8

Shadowzz said,
Alright, so they can work out how to use Apple's push notification system properly.

BUT STILL HAVE NO CLUE HOW TO USE THE PUSH NOTIFICATIONS IN WINDOWS PHONE 8

That's not surprising.

Many apps work better on iOS over W8/Android due to the dev tools available (and the devs having more experience with that platform).

I would like push notification for chats in the Windows 8 version, too. It won't display them unless the app is open. Calls notify just fine.