Skype 5 for Mac Goes Live

Posted by at 9:32 am on January 27, 2011

Skype today  release of Skype 5 for Mac, giving OX parity with Windows.  The new version is the first for Apple’s platform to support group video calling and handles as many as 10 simultaneous people in  full-screen mode.

The  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 or a monthly fee.

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