Skype for Modern Windows gets updated to 2.6, now syncs faster and will be less annoying for calls

Skype has been on a roll lately with the service greatly improving, especially if you use it across many devices. Specifically, since the introduction of messaging syncing, the service has been much easier to use if you’re on it all day (like we are).

Today, the Skype team has announced that version 2.6 of the Modern app for your Windows 8 PC or Surface, is now live in the Store. It’s kind of a big update even though it only fixes one small thing: ringing.

If you’ve ever had Skype running on your PC only to have an incoming call come in, you may have heard a few of your devices ringing for that call. That’s all well and good as that is how the service should work, the problem was when you answered on one device, the other ones had a tendency to keep ringing, seemingly forever. Now with 2.6, that should be fixed:

  • Got that ring? 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.

Like we said, that’s an apparently small fix but it’s for something that was of great annoyance for many of us who use Skype all day for messaging and conversations. There’s of course still room for improvement with Skype, but these last few weeks it feels like the team has finally made a turn around, delivering the product we have all hoped for in 2014.

To get the update now, launch your Microsoft Store app on your PC or tablet, bring up the charms bar (Win + C, or swipe from the right edge) and select App Update. From there you can select ‘Check for updates’ and you can now force update Skype to version 2.6 to bring that new feature. Or head here for the Store link.

Source: Skype blog

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.