The Modern UI port of Skype for Microsoft’s modern operating platform became the default instant messaging tool on Windows 8.1, replacing the previous Messaging app that was available on Windows 8.

Since then, the app has received a few updates and enhancements.

But one pesky little issue had been nagging Skype users — a bug that made the app continue ringing on synced devices, even if a user had already answered the call. Good thing is that this important problem is now part of history with Skype 2.6 for Windows 8.1.

The official Skype blog has all the details:

“When you pick up a call on any device and your modern Skype is on, the incoming ring will stop much faster. Whether you have Skype on a mobile, in your inbox, desktop, tablet or 2-in-1, Skype calls will sync up wherever you choose to take the call from.”

But that’s not all this new version of Skype for Modern UI comes with.

Synced chats means that users that are running the app on multiple Windows 8.1 devices will now get their conversations synchronized on all of them — smartphones, tablets, laptops, PCs, everything.

Users can continue the conversation from where you stopped, and of course, the client also offers the ability to send an instant message to someone even if they are offline. They will get the IM the next time they sign into Skype.

This new version of Skype is now being rolled out via the Windows Store, and you can also download the app manually if the update is yet to show up on your Windows 8.1 device.

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  1. Constant ringing is extremely annoying. I am glad this bug is fixed. Skype is such a great feature to have on the go whether it’s for business or personal communication.

  2. Still no fix on that other embarrassing problem of being cut off mid-call just because your “free” Office 365 minutes expired, even if you have $50 call credit.

    • I’m sure they will work on it soon enough

    • Well, in a perfect world, no paid customers should be cut off mid-call, and surely not like this when there is credit.

      But as Ray says, if it the problem has come to their attention, they will get to it. Let’s just hope they do so soon.

    • That is a big no-no, especially if you’re dealing with a client. Definitely needs to be fixed sooner rather than later.

    • Yes, it is a problem. But your free minutes will expire only once. After that, you should not have that problem any more. I am not Office 365 user. Hope they don’t give you free minutes every month.

  3. Good update

    • Bill Franklin / March 10, 2014 at 1:05 pm /Reply

      I agree. Except for the issue KeithE mentioned, it seems like this update has things running smoothly.

  4. Emily Williams / March 10, 2014 at 1:11 pm /Reply

    Great news! I LOVE skype!

  5. Yes, you get free minutes every month. And once a month I get cut off mid conversation, usually with a client. When I complained to Skype they said “There’s nothing we can do about it.” How about that for customer service? Since then, they’ve ignored all my subsequent complaints.

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