Skype relief is finally coming with notifications only on the device you're currently using

Soon Skype will only bother you on one device at a time
By Joseph Keller on 20 Aug 2014 11:46 am EDT

Skype will soon be doing more to curb notification noise on your devices. The company has announced a new feature, known as "active endpoint" that will contain chat notifications to the device that you're using, rather than alerting every single device. For instance, if you're chatting using Skype on your phone, your computer and tablet will remain silent.

From the Skype blog:

If you are signed in to Skype on multiple devices (a laptop, tablet and a smartphone) and you are sending chat messages to a group of friends from your tablet. Skype will only send new message notifications to your tablet and not to any of your other devices. All of your other devices will remain blissfully silent. You can continue to focus on the most important thing, your conversations, without being disturbed by the bleeping and buzzing from all of your other devices.

When you stop actively using a particular device, all of your other devices will begin receiving notifications once again. Active endpoint will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks. Skype encourages you to update to the latest version of the app on all devices in order to get the best endpoint experience. No word on if the Skype app for BlackBerry 10 will actually get the update, though.

What do you think of Skype's efforts to reduce notification headaches? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Skype

Topics: Skype Apps

Reader comments

Skype relief is finally coming with notifications only on the device you're currently using


Skype is garbage.....where is BBM Video Chat cross platform?

Founding Member of "Club Z30 "..... the most exclusive club in mobile

I can't help but feel BlackBerry is missing a small window to take the cross platform bbm to the next level.

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I'm guessing it's not going well with cross platform. They probably need to update the server and don't want to spend the money. Or they don't have the talent to make it happen right now.

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BBM has VOIP already, has done for years on BlackBerry, it's cross platform too now.

Posted from my BlackBerry Z30 STA100-2 / on O2 UK - Activated on BES10.2.3

Maybe it should get a pc client first, I doubt many people use their phones to video chat

BlackBerry Q10 SQN100-3

I rather have it not kill my battery as fast as it does, be more stable and not freeze and crash as much.
Also give me notifications when the app isn't open.

Posted via CB10

Same for me. But I can say from supporting my parents who use both, Skype is still more reliable than bbm video. For the average user bbm video works 50% of the time

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Where do you get those BBM Video numbers from? For me and a small group of mostly the same 8 users it works more like 99.9% of the time.

Oddly, I got an email from Skype saying that older versions of Skype will be removed, and to upgrade to the latest Skype for Android version. I've had the one from BlackBerry World since available.

Version in BlackBerry World is 4.9 or so,and the one available in Snap is 5.0 or 5.1 or so

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Not a solution, Bla1ze. BlackBerry claims Skype support, they can provide an app. I would hate to see a discontinued Skype app rotting in the recesses of BB World.

Unfortunately, then you don't get push notifications unless the app is open in an active frame.

Push notifications are the 'dirty secret' about Android apps on BB10 (be they from Snap or Amazon).

I can only assume that push notifications will work for Amazon apps in 10.3 gold.

Because BlackBerry *couldn't* on one hand say :

"Amazon is your new store for consumer apps!",

and then with the other hand say:

"oh... almost every app on Amazon is crippled since push notifications don't work on BB10".

That would be the ultimate kick in the jewels if they did that :/ That's why I'm confident that push will work with (at least) Amazon apps on the final version of 10.3.

Posted via CB10

Skype is only good for desktop use and hopefully only until BlackBerry Blend moves in!

ॐ Posted via CB10 on my ‎Z30

Don't use Skype that much really since my girlfriend bought a BlackBerry 10 device (Bbm video)

But I love the idea of this, would be great if Facebook did this especially on a group chat. Having notifications come through on my BlackBerry ipod laptop and Tablet all at the same time is a waste of batteries and gives off some serious headaches

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When BBM has video chat cross platform Skype will be forever gone from all my devices. A 30 minute video chat on Skype will drain my battery 30% and on a Z30 at that!

I don't install the Skype preview version anymore. This one messed up my contacts. I don't use videochat anyway.

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This ability to simultaneously use across multiple devices is one advantage Skype has over BBM. Clients for Linux and other personal computer operating systems is another.

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Mmm i don't think so. My experience tells me that BBM Video Call quality is far superior to the Skype videocall!

Since it's not possible to migrate everyone to BBM it would be nice to have a native version not the android rubbish available on BlackBerry World and soon on amazon marketplace.

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Skype will not run on my Z10. Crashes before it can even log in. Tried from BlackBerry World and an app backup from Play store.

Only real advantage using Skype right now is it's cross-platform, including mobile and desktop. Remove that, and Skype is dead.

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Skype needs to be Native app, not take over contacts app, reduce battery consumption. Until then I will not install it.

Posted using Z30 and CB10

How we going to get any notifications in the first place.

Though am logged-in all the time, I only get notified on the day I open the app.
After, I think 24hrs, it shuts down until I open the app again, through still signed in.

And what like me, working on my PC, then a Skype call comes in.
My phone is on and my PC because a using my phone hotspot to gain connection.
Why can't I have the option to swap which device I want to use at will.
Where is the option for that.


Unless Skype becomes a native application for BB10 it is useless. It is just not usable. I'd like to see BBM catching up and I do have high hopes it will soon.

Posted via CB10 rocking a Q10

Facebook Chat and Windows Live Messenger can login using the desktop version Skype. Hopefully this is synchronised on the new version.

SinSim, posted via CB10

How does this concern BlackBerry when they can't update the port properly to be bug free? Maybe if you are using Skype of Snap

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Bbm video chat is much better than skype. Would be nice to see if bbm goes cross platform in video chat

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I'm actually happy with Skype app, I have the LG G3 also, and Skype tends to act up on Android more than BB.

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Sorry to be blunt, but in my experience:
On most devices, Skype sucks.
On BB10, Skype sucks even more.

It used to be a nice way to connect. Now, it's just a bloated resource-hogging nightmare with a stupidly designed interface.

Not even sure what to say here, when will it be native?
I admit 100% I was one of those that on the beginning, this was a make or break deal app for me.
But when I got it and compared to BlackBerry video it was a huge disappointment, not just on BB10 but just in general, it's clunky, not clear at all, and overall jarry.
Now I hardly use it, so sad, either way, I am happy it's here, I rather have the choice, then not have it at all

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The big issue with skype today is that it is not working anymore. My wife skypes me and she hears the phone ringing on my side but my BlackBerry Q10 does not show any activity at all. When I skype her it is the same. Also we get silly friend requests that appear to be publicity. Microsoft is doing everything to kill skype I have the impression. I am not using it anymore and hope the next update will bring bugfixes.

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Absolutely. I don't really use Skype but the more native apps the better. I hate Android ports

Posted Via CB10 using my new Z30

Yes the BlackBerry 10 Skype App needs alerts pronto.Outside of that my video and sound are fine.BBM?Don't know anybody with it.Well at least I acquired my Z 10 as a free upgrade.

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SKYPE on BlackBerry is garbage. Did they even fix the not being able to sign out issue yet?

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I don't really use Skype so it's not really important for me. I hope it works well for those who use it.

Posted Via CB10 using my new Z30

Still doesn't help the fact that the app is useless on the blackberry. How about fixing that too?

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It's really very good decision by Skype developers. This will give us peace of mind from beeping all around us. However I am not sure how are going to determine if a device is being actively used or just used. Any thoughts on that?

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