Finally: Skype to sync messages across devices

Everyone has run into this at least once before: Skype’s infuriating inability to synchronize messages across devices means that you get multiple alerts about the same message.

One on your phone, then your tablet, laptop and desktop to clear manually. It’s frustrating and ruins the entire experience, but we have good news: Microsoft has announced that Skype will get message synchronization in a future update.

The company announced a number of architecture changes today and the news about synchronization was buried right down at the bottom in a post with the thrilling title “technological changes to improve the Skype experience.”

The brief paragraph about it details that Skype will be adding proper offline message delivery so that you can send messages to people even when they’re offline (like virtually every other IM platform out there). It then talks about sync only briefly:

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.

It also goes on to mention that they’ll be adding proper push notification functionality for mobile devices so they can send you messages and keep you signed in without draining your battery (something which their apps are notorious for). They also will synchronize calls properly too which is good news.

The company says that the update will be released in the “coming months” which hopefully means it’ll launch before the end of the year.