Syncing up chat messages across multiple Skype devices in the works

As Microsoft continues to release new versions of Skype clients, including one that will be the default messenger for Windows 8.1, it also is trying to add new features that will work across all of its platforms. Today, in a blog post that that mostly covered previous improvements, the Skype team revealed one interesting tidbit about the future.

The Skype blog entry revealed there will be some improvements made to text chatting in Skype. It stated:

We also know that people are engaging more and more with each other and with Skype across multiple devices at home, on the go, and at work so we are working to synchronize chat message status across all of your devices so you will know the current status of all of your chats on every device you use to interact with Skype. This capability will be rolling out across clients over the next few months.

The blog post also goes over what the Skype team has been doing with cloud servers so that users of the Skype client software will have better audio and video connections. The blog hints that the Skype cloud servers will help the team to bring "exciting new features that we will introduce in the coming months."

Source: Skype blog | Image via Skype

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I wonder why there is an option to send an receive files on all platforms, even iOS and Android but not on Windows Phone 8? WTF, seriously? Does anyone have a clue why the option is not available on my Lumia? Does anyone think they might add it, like with modern UI Skype?

I use the Skype app for WP8 and sometimes, I don't get messages while invisible (as in, my status isn't "online" but I can see other people that are online). I usually have to send a message first to get notifications.

As for syncing, I rarely use the desktop app but I'm glad they're working on it.

Find the more interesting section quoted below. Question: Is MS actually saying that offline messaging is not coming back to the desktop (we did have it, briefly, several years ago). This is somewhat dubious considering that Skype is now included in MS's flagship desktop OS (albeit a Metro version). Also, the "Skype mobile clients" link leads to an article that's not strictly about mobile. Finally, since what sounds like a cloud sync will be rolling out "across all of your devices," how can the desktop be excluded from any future plans?

"Along with introducing support for Microsoft account in October last year, the Skype cloud also added the ability to queue and deliver chat messages even if the intended recipient is offline - so you can be ‘always reachable' to the people who matter most. With Windows Phone 8 (and soon across other Skype mobile clients), this technology enables you to receive notifications when new messages arrive regardless of whether the Skype app is running."

I was sad to see all my messages disappear when my Messaging app was dumped in Windows Blue Preview. I'll be happy to upgrade to Windows 8.1 at the end of the month if Skype really has these features as defaults.

THANK THE GODS.

Seriously I've been waiting so patiently for them to just work on syncing their services. I want to be able to use my Windows Phone and Windows PC for answering phone calls to my Skype number but it's just too unreliable now.

Xenosion said,
THANK THE GODS.

Seriously I've been waiting so patiently for them to just work on syncing their services. I want to be able to use my Windows Phone and Windows PC for answering phone calls to my Skype number but it's just too unreliable now.

Seriously WTF is taking so long? Often when I pick up at one device the others keep ringing!