Video:  Skype Will Make Itself Less Noisy Thanks To New, Smarter Chat Notifications

Skype Will Make Itself Less Noisy Thanks To New, Smarter Chat Notifications

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Skype this morning announced a change to the way its notifications will function, designed to keep the app from annoying you with beeps and buzzes across all your devices. These new smart notifications will instead only be sent to the device you’re actually using at the time, says the company, while your other devices, including PCs, tablets or smartphones, will remain silent. Chat history, meanwhile, the company says, will continue to sync across devices. Read More >>


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