Microsoft recently released the new version of Skype for desktop (Skype 8.0) that will replace the Skype Classic (Skype 7.0) on September 1, 2018. There are several new calling and chatting features in the latest version, along with easy to use and familiar user interface like classic version of Skype.
However, many users have criticized the update because it removes some of the features they have got used to. One of such features is split view (compact view) of chat screens.
A user asked on Microsoft forum how he can get the compact view feature in new Skype update to split the chat screens. He had updated the Skype to new version but missed the split view feature that allowed him to open more than one conversations at a time.
To that, Microsoft executive replied that the company is working to bring the feature back with Skype 8.0. Skype team has created a number of new split window concepts and will finalize one following the feedback from users.
“I’m a program manager on the Skype team. Thank you for sending your feedback about this feature. We have heard your feedback about missing the split window mode (aka compact mode) in Skype on Windows. We’re working on bringing this capability back into our new experience. We’d like to your feedback on a few split window concepts so that we build the best experience into future versions of Skype,” wrote Angela Chin, Program Manager on the Skype team.
Talking about the new features in Skype, the latest version comes with support for free high-definition video calls as well as screen-sharing calls. The new messaging experience allows users to grab the attention of a person in a group chat using @mentions, and react to messages according to feelings.
The classic version of Skype is permanently shutting down on September, so make sure to upgrade it to the latest version.