Skype for Windows 8.1 updated with chat sync improvements

Microsoft released a new update for its Windows 8.1 Skype app today, just a few weeks after the last version was made available to download. The new build brings the version number up to 2.6 and includes a couple of small but important improvements.

One of the changes will allow the Windows 8.1 app to sync any text message made on other Skype apps on the same Microsoft Account. Microsoft first announced it was making chat sync features available for all of its supported platforms in February.

The other change in version 2.6 improves the situation with a bug that was causing calls for some users to keep ringing after they were answered. Microsoft says that with the Windows 8.1 app update "the incoming ring will stop much faster." Obviously, this means that the bug still exists but at least it's not quite as annoying.

Microsoft recently announced that both new and current Skype users will have to sign in using a Microsoft Account from now on, although older Skype account information can be linked to a Microsoft Account if the user still wishes to keep his or her Skype username and password..

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Despite being updated to 2.6 yesterday, this morning when I booted into Windows 8.1 I got a message notification that was sent 16 hours ago! pffff

Steven P. said,
Despite being updated to 2.6 yesterday, this morning when I booted into Windows 8.1 I got a message notification that was sent 16 hours ago! pffff

God damn it... will it ever end

Skype has to be the worst app on windows when it comes to starting up. Even windows does a better job of booting for me.

I'd like the metro app to run in background, so even if Im in a video chat, my friend can still see and hear me, and I can see (small pop up like desktop client) and hear them WHILE doing other stuff and not having a 1/3 of my screen wasted.

SierraSonic said,
I'd like the metro app to run in background, so even if Im in a video chat, my friend can still see and hear me, and I can see (small pop up like desktop client) and hear them WHILE doing other stuff and not having a 1/3 of my screen wasted.

Welcome to the "modern" way of doing things. Not sure modern apps can run in the background like that. The TV catch up apps all seem to stop if you switch to something else too. Not very useful either way.

Tested it out and it FINALLY works great now! Now update the desktop app please! I'm still getting old messages on other devices popping up as new offline messages. It's really irritating.

j2006 said,
Tested it out and it FINALLY works great now! Now update the desktop app please! I'm still getting old messages on other devices popping up as new offline messages. It's really irritating.

I couldn't write enough words to express my frustration with Skype and Microsoft's handling of the Skype developers (attempt to give them autonomy.)

One trick for message issues, is to open Outook.com with messaging enabled that is linked to your Skype/MS Account to keep your messages up to date and coming in properly. (I know it is insane.)

Microsoft promise the Skype people they could remain independent, and then they have screwed over Microsoft with almost every project.

Wonder when the Android app will be updated so it won't take pictures without people knowing. That way the'll stop intruding on people's privacy AND it'll stop using all the battery. You dun goofed scrooglesoft.

Several people have found out that skype was accessing their camera when skype wasn't being used. It shouldn't touch the camera at all when it isn't in the foreground. NSA backdoor anyone?

Karanlos said,
Several people have found out that skype was accessing their camera when skype wasn't being used. It shouldn't touch the camera at all when it isn't in the foreground. NSA backdoor anyone?

Source?

Microsoft should make the app start/resume much faster. Perhaps by first starting up the chat function while background loading the cam functionality. Because Skype is supposed to be the firstparty chat app of the platform after they removed the Facebook-integrated 'messaging' app. But Skype isn't fast enough for that role. It's not slower then other webcam apps but for something that has to compete with Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp it really isn't good enough.

the time it takes to load PLUS the time it takes to connect. uselessly slow. plus it cant send any content (photos ...)
what a load of garbage it is ...

mjedi7 said,
I don't use Skype anymore, many other good solutions for windows, Mac and other mobile platforms.

Well, there are a lot of other solutions. Microsoft's mistake is Skype is 1) not Ad free 2) charges for some strange dubious uses. I think charging for skype out and in is ok though. 3) terrible performance on some platforms.

The thing is there does not exist a true muti platform client, other than skype. Skype works on all mobile devices, and Linux, OS X , Windows desktops. Hangouts does not work on Windows Mobile, Windows RT. Using Chrome plugin limits its use in that sense.

I need multi platform, I wish there were more platform agnostic platforms out there.

It's true that Skype is multiplatform, it competes with Whatsapp on the mobile front and with other services on the tablet and PC market. But at the same time I don't know a single person that doesn't use multiple services. Simply because there isnt one platform agnostic service that is the best on all available platforms. Skype has that potential, maybe now that their MS-hating executive is gone...

mjedi7 said,
I don't use Skype anymore, many other good solutions for windows, Mac and other mobile platforms.

And you can't name a single one of them? Or are they not really comparable?

_dandy_ said,

And you can't name a single one of them? Or are they not really comparable?

Well, I use LINE, I have it installed in my iPhone 5, Windows 7 desktop and one Mac Mini, my GF have Android, my brother in law have WP7. Works pretty good so far, freaking stickers are so addictive. They prefer LINE over Whatsapp because they don't want to pay for it, and the performance of Skype in mobile devices it's bad, specially Android.


mjedi7 said,
Well, I use LINE, I have it installed in my iPhone 5, Windows 7 desktop and one Mac Mini, my GF have Android, my brother in law have WP7. Works pretty good so far, freaking stickers are so addictive. They prefer LINE over Whatsapp because they don't want to pay for it, and the performance of Skype in mobile devices it's bad, specially Android.

WTF? From the Wikipedia article:

"Single-device only. It is not possible to use the same LINE account on multiple devices, e.g. a tablet and a phone. The only exception is that it is possible to use the same account on the PC version as well as on one additional device"

For real?

[Edit]: I ain't giving this thing my phone number. Deleted.

Edited by _dandy_, Mar 11 2014, 5:51pm :