skype win82 Microsoft claims Skype for Windows 8 can run in background with no power drain

Microsoft claims that the latest version of its Skype videoconferencing software, designed for Windows 8, will use essentially no battery power when running in the background.

Microsoft claims that the latest version of its Skype videoconferencing software, designed for Windows 8, will use essentially no battery power when running in the background.

 
The ambitious claim is based on a complete re-engineering of the software's code, making it run much more efficiently than its current resource-hogging version, giving it a potential boost over rivals.
 
Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5 billion in 2011 and has mostly left it untouched in that time. This will be the first major change to the software in both design and functionality, and if it works as intended it could make the acquisition appear more positive in the eyes of many Skype users.
 
skype win81 Microsoft claims Skype for Windows 8 can run in background with no power drain
 
The power saving works by Skype ending its use of the CPU within just one minute of the user switching to another application, which is just long enough to keep it active for quick multi-tasking, while also ensuring it is not draining the battery. This is done by utilising Windows Push Notification Services and Connected Standby, where notifications can still be detected without the same kind of energy draw as when fully loaded up.
 
This upgrade will be important for laptop and tablet users who will have Windows 8 installed, but the technology will also be rolled out to smartphones in future, which suffer from insanely low battery lives. If Microsoft is able to make power efficiency a key feature of Windows Phone 8, it could give itself a much-needed boost in market share.
 
skype win83 Microsoft claims Skype for Windows 8 can run in background with no power drain
 
Source: BBC