Multitasking on smartphones has reached a bit of a crossroads. We’ve seen platforms deliver all manner of optimizations for how we switch between tasks, but we’re still largely talking about working with only one app at any given time. Progress to move from a full-screen to a more window-based system has been slow, but not without some victories; Samsung has its Multi Window View mode, and even YouTube teased at something along these lines a few months back, with the ability to shrink a clip down and keep browsing while it plays. Now Skype is the latest to get on this bandwagon, introducing a floating window mode of its own.
One big caveat: unlike the Samsung or YouTube solutions, this one is tablet-only for now. Sure, that might make a degree of sense in light of the smaller screens on phones (though we’d absolutely love to see that decision ultimately left to users themselves), but this also lets you multitask with audio-only calls – and that, at least, sounds like it would be plenty useful on a phone.
Beyond those changes, Skype also gets a new way to navigate through your contacts (again, tablet-only), as well as a few bug fixes.