Skype 5.0 Beta for Mac Hits the Streets

Posted by at 8:24 am on November 4, 2010

Skype today launched beta version of its Mac client software.   The Windows client is already at v5.0 release, whereas the latest stable Mac release is v2.8.   So this release promisses to bring parity to the platform.  The main addition in the Mac beta is support for group video calling, which requires a v5.0-level client for all parties.

Users can now also send messages to offline recipients, and access a call control bar that floats on top of any windows a person currently has open. There is now an option for searching through chat archives, contacts have been improved with a floating contacts monitor, and the ability to personalize them through user profiles.

The beta is a free download. Users must have at least Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later, along with a 1GHz Intel processor. Group video calls are only recommended for people with 4Mbps of downstream bandwidth and a 1Mbps upload speed.

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