The new Skype is out today. I’ve not played with the video — the main selling bit for most folks — but for me the best bit is the ‘status’ bubble. They’ve stolen a trick out GoogleTalk’s book, which has these easy-to-change status bits:
and are now in Skype:
It may seem merely cute, but actually is a great way to signal more metadata about one’s presence. No longer need one just say “I’m away” or whatever, but some indication of your mood, your location, your state (work, home, nodding off, eating at your desk, in love etc) can be conveyed on the fly. This is a quiet revolution in our ability to broadcast to other people our status. Simple but very, very useful.