Skype gets smart about notifications on multiple devices


If you’re anything like us, staying connected means a lot more than simply carrying around a smartphone. Once the mobile device bug gets you and the gadget-lust takes hold, it’s easy to find yourself packing a tablet, a smartwatch, and maybe even a backup phone or two. But juggling multiple devices can be tricky when we’re dealing with online services, with them never really sure where to contact us – and instead, that means getting the same notification on multiple devices. But now Skype, at least, is learning to be a little smarter about how it routes notifications, and today reveals a substantial overhaul for multi-device users.

If you’re signed-in to Skype on multiple devices and you’re not actively using any of them, it will still send notifications to all of them. But once you pick one up and you’re engaging with it, Skype will no longer continue to send notifications to all your gear, every time a message is incoming; instead, only the active device will see alerts.

The history of your chats remains accessible from any of your hardware, but you’ll no longer have to hear every gadget you own dinging-away when you’re engaged in a conversation on just one of them.

Skype says that it should be a few weeks before this new notification system is fully deployed.

Source: Skype
Via: 9to5 Mac

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