Microsoft owns Skype – the pioneering application as far as online messaging and calling is concerned. However, the company has found itself lagging behind newer players such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, Telegram, LINE and WeChat as far as global usage is concerned.
The Windows OS maker has been doing almost everything possible to ensure that it stays relevant in this highly competitive market. The latest action the company has taken involves the addition of a feature that will perhaps make the app regain its relevance in the instant messaging world. According to the latest report, the new Skype app will now allow users to successfully send files to their friends even if their friends are offline.
What this means is that you can create a message and send it to your friend today. When your friend comes back online a few days later, s/he will be able to receive the message you shared. This is a great addition that has already seen the likes of WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Google Hangouts hit such great heights. In the past, Skype required that both parties – the sender and recipient – be connected to the internet in order for communication to be successful.
It gets even better as the new file transfer feature now allows Skype users to share files of up to 300MB. This is really huge, especially when the most popular instant messaging app in the world – WhatsApp – only allows users to share files sizes of up to 16MB.
Access files across multiple devices
In addition to coming in with the ability to share files when offline, the latest version of Skype also sees the app gain another huge feature. From now henceforth, it will be possible to access any file sent via Skype on different platforms that have the app installed. In short, it means that users will now to simultaneously access the same file on different devices, be it a phone, tablet or PC with no need of requesting for the same file over and over again like before.