Skype 5.3 on Mac Adds Lion and HD Video Support

Posted by at 10:30 am on August 8, 2011

Skype put Mac users more on parity Monday with the launch of Skype 5.3. The new update brings HD video calling to the Mac for the first time. Those with a FaceTime HD camera in a 2011 iMac or MacBook Pro, as well as those with higher-resolution add-on webcams, can get a major boost to resolution in two-way conversations. Both sides need about 1.5Mbps of bandwidth to keep a smooth connection.

The release also adds full support for Mac OS X Lion. Skype isn’t specific on additions but notes the app is backwards compatible through to Leopard.

Mac users are still somewhat behind in the feature set versus Windows users and currently lack Facebook integration.

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