Skype announces new Active endpoint feature; will only deliver Chat Notifications to the device that you’re currently using


Skype 5.0 for iPhone

Skype on Wednesday announced a new active endpoint feature that it likely to please a significant number of people that use the voice and messaging service on a frequent basis. The feature will only deliver chat notifications to the device that you are actively using, that way your iPhone or other device isn’t constantly buzzing at you to alert you of the same message you’re reading on your desktop or elsewhere.

When you are signed into your Skype account on multiple devices, such as a laptop, tablet or smartphone, and sending a message from your iPhone, for example, only that smartphone will be the device that receives message notifications. All of your other devices will remain silent with no pending notifications, which is presently quite an annoying feature that I have personally experienced on numerous occasions.

Skype will still send call notifications to all devices that you are signed into, however, to ensure that you can answer the call from any device. Moreover, when you are not using Skype at all, chat notifications will resume on all devices to ensure that you are up to date with your conversations on all devices when you return to using the app.

While notifications will be silenced on certain devices, chat history is still synced across each platform so that you can read messages anywhere.

Skype will be rolling out this new active endpoint feature over the coming weeks, so keep your eyes out for the change. You’ll probably notice in a few days from now that your Skype experience is much more peaceful, and absent of dozens of notifications pinging you about the same conversation you’re having. You’ll want to make sure that your devices are running the most up-to-date version of Skype to ensure that you receive this enhancement.

Are you glad to hear about this change?