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Skype 5 for Mac goes live with group video, one-pane UI

updated 10:25 am EST, Thu January 27, 2011

Skype 5 for Mac goes gold

Skype today caught the Mac up on versions on Thursday with the polished release of Skype 5 for Mac. The new version is the first for Apple's platform to support group video calling and handles as many as 10 simultaneous people in a slightly iChat-influenced full-screen mode. Its interface has also been overhauled and merges everything into a single pane; the overall footprint has been optimized since the beta to better have it work side-by-side on the desktop and show more contacts.

Search is easier and now helps users find contacts and text conversations.

The app needs an Intel processor and Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later along with the requisite camera or microphone to use the full feature set. Group video chat requires a $5 day pass or $9 monthly subscription to Premium service, but one-on-one chat, Skype-to-Skype voice chat and instant messaging are all free. Calling and texting real-world numbers needs SkypeOut credit that can be purchased in blocks.



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  1. climacs

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Sep 2001

    +4

    huh

    i just tried to update (inside Skype), says I have the latest, version 2.8.0.851

  1. trenchcoat77

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2003

    +4

    Skype 5.0

    You can't update this from within 2.8--you have to download it from Skype. However, after I downloaded and installed, it promptly crashed my entire Mac on open (running 10.5.8). Restarted with no other apps open, same thing. Going back to 2.8.

  1. MyRightEye

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    Joined: Apr 2008

    +4

    The beta was a joke

    And it looks like the release is too. Looking forward to Google having a Google Voice app, and then it's goodbye Skype.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    Joined: Jan 2011

    +3

    Skype 5.0 UI

    Perhaps you'd like to add your UI comments to the Skype forums?

    http://forum.skype.com/index.php?showtopic=793299

  1. Cronocide

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    Joined: Nov 2010

    +2

    HATE THE UI

    It's similar to the Windows interface, which is why I only use Skype on my Mac. When I saw the beta, I knew that 2.8 would be the last Mac version of Skype that I would ever own.
    Google Voice, here I come.

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