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Skype Gets Awesome “Active Endpoint” Chat Feature

by Jacob Kleinman | August 20, 2014August 20, 2014 6:00 pm PST

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Skype may have been one of the first messaging apps to really take off, but these days there are more options than most people can keep track of. The Microsoft-owned app is still chugging along though, and a new update announced today should finally fix one of the biggest issues plaguing Skype’s chat service.

If you use Skype as your go-to messaging app there’s a good chance you have it running on your smartphone, your computer and maybe even a tablet or two. For a long time that’s meant every time you get a notification it shows up on all of those devices at once. The company says it’s finally found a solution to that annoyance. A new update introduces a feature called “active endpoint” which can actually tell which device you’re using and send incoming notifications right to you.

If you’re not using any device at the moment, Skype will ping you everywhere at once so you can see your new messages as soon as possible. All your devices will also still have access to your full chat history, making it easy to pick up a conversation on your phone even if it started on your laptop.

Active endpoints should be coming to all your devices in the next few weeks. Skype’s not offering a specific roadmap, but we’re guessing the new feature will hit Microsoft’s own platforms first. To make sure you get the update as soon as possible just keep your own Skype apps updated to the latest version and sit tight.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...