Microsoft (mostly) fixes 'ring after pickup' bug in Skype for Windows 8.1

Summary:Microsoft has addressed the 'ring after pickup' bug in the Metro-Style version of Skype for Windows 8.1, a week after remedying the issue in Skype for the Windows desktop.

A week after fixing the 'ring after pickup' bug for Skype on Windows desktop , Microsoft officials said they've also addressed the problem in the Windows Store/Metro-Style version of the Skype app for Windows 8.1.


The issue doesn't seem to be entirely fixed, according to a March 10 post on the Skype "Garage & Updates" blog. But it's better than it was, officials said, with the annoying ring stopping "much faster" with "Skype for Modern Windows 2.6."

Here's how Microsoft execs are describing what they've accomplished:

"Got that ring? When you pick up a call on any device and your modern (Metro-Style) 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."

Microsoft officials said they fixed the ring-after-pickup issue on Skype on Windows desktop last week. The fix arrived alongside a plug-in that allows Skype users to integrate Skype from inside .

Back to the Metro-Style/Windows Store/Modern version of Skype: Microsoft officials also said on March 10 that the new version of Skype for Windows 8.1 also improves the synchronization of Skype across devices. Chat history and read messages will be synced properly across devices with the new update, according to the blog post.

The updated version of Skype for Windows 8.1 is available for download from the Windows Store for ARM- and Intel-based devices.

Topics: Unified Comms, Microsoft, Windows 8


Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

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