Skype improvements bring better battery life, synchronized chats
Skype has announced a new architectural update with an intent to improve the popular messaging and video call platform in a world with more connected mobile devices.
Sharing some details about the changes in a blog post, Skype’s Mark Gillet mentions that Skype is now using the cloud to assist clients in delivering chat messages and connecting calls, marking a shift from the p2p nature of the service where a major amount of processing was done on the user’s device.
Gillet calls the move to Skype cloud the service’s biggest architectural change in 10 years and says that new technologies are helping the company to promote improved battery life and improved connections.
“Skype clients continue to evaluate bandwidth, connectivity and firewall settings to select the most appropriate path for the call and continue to connect devices for P2P calls across the Internet so that users get audio and video connections that ‘just work” he states.
Skype also credits the cloud for enhancing the performance and quality of its core messaging experience. It talks about the ability to receive messages offline and pushing notifications to the Windows Phone 8 mobile client even when the Skype app is not running, and says that the feature will soon be extended to other Skype mobile clients.