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Skype update fixes annoying chat sync glitches

If you use Skype on multiple devices — like a phone, tablet, and computer — you may have experienced some message syncing issues recently. But Skype has said that the problem has been resolved.

Messages might have been sent to one device and not the others, causing you to miss potentially important chats. Or, you may have seen messages that you already read on your phone marked as "unread" on another device.

"We've been working hard to solve these issues," Skype Senior Product Marketing Manager Elaine Ansell wrote in a blog post. "Now, push notifications make sure you know when you have a new message in chat, and Skype chats are synced across all of your Skype-enabled devices." In addition, "you can scroll back on your mobile phone to see the conversation you had on your laptop."

This means that when you receive a message, you'll now be notified about it on all your Skype-enabled devices. It might seem like overkill, but at least you won't miss any messages. In the coming months, Skype plans to make additional changes that should eliminate unnecessary notifications.

"We'll continue to enhance your chat experience such that you'll only receive notifications on the device you're actively using," Ansell wrote. "If you're on your tablet, then you'll only see the notification there and additional notifications won't double (or triple) up on your other devices."

Meanwhile, you can also now rest assured that your friends will receive your messages, even if they're not online the minute you press "send," she said. And when you read a Skype message on your phone, it will now show as "read" on your computer back at home.

Besides the syncing improvements, Skype has been working on its mobile apps so they don't drain your device's battery as much, and start up quicker.

"We've improved load times for the app and for recent conversations; in addition, it's now faster to return to the app when it's not running in the foreground as well as faster to start up, allowing you to chat all day every day without the fear of unwanted battery drain," Ansell wrote.

Last month we chatted to encryption Guru David Gurle about how Microsoft and Skype took a lacklustre approach to security in their services. Watch the full video interview here.