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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 14:30

Introducing the new Skype for Mac, now available in Beta


It was worth the wait – the new Skype 5.0 is now available for Mac today in beta, introducing a revamped look and feel that simplifies navigation and provides a more Mac-like experience. For example, the Skype app has been brought together in one window for ease-of-use, and the Mac address book has been integrated, making it possible for you to call, IM and SMS your contacts when they are online or offline.

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The new Skype for Mac also offers our popular new feature - http://www.skype.com...gblog-_-m5|betagroup video calling - which allows you to make video calls with more than two people at a time as long as all participants are on the new Mac beta or Skype for Windows 5.0. Group video calling brings people together like never before, allowing you to do more things together with your friends, family and colleagues whenever you are apart.

The new Skype for Mac also includes the following new features:

  • New call control bar — Hang up, mute and more from a mini Skype toolbar that sits on top of any web pages, documents or photos you’ve got open
  • Search chat content to easily navigate past conversations
  • Offline IM so that you can send and receive instant messages even if the recipient is offline
  • Personalise contacts via user profiles
  • Quickly rejoin calls if your Internet connection fails momentarily
  • Floating Contacts Monitor to see your online contacts and contact groups
Try out the new Skype for Mac in beta and tell us what you think using the Skype > Provide Skype Feedback menu item. And stay posted as we roll out the official version soon.

Source: Skype - The Big Blog
Download: Skype 5.0 Beta for Mac OS X


#2 Dane

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 14:36

awesome

#3 Hendrick

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 14:38

Just downloaded it. I always hope it'll have webcam effects, but I doubt it will. (Girlfriend's school blocks iChat ports....)

#4 SkyMoon

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 14:44

user interface need to be more compelling!!!

#5 +jamesyfx

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 14:45

I like it, but I wish there was an option for a minimal interface without everything in a single window. :[

#6 +warwagon

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 14:45

For being the designers of skype they sure do have crappy bandwidth or a crappy camera. Not really a great showing of video quality

2nd, I don't remember Windows Looking that neat when talking to 3 people and having the video spaced out like that.

#7 CPressland

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 15:10

The UI is HORRIBLE!

#8 +warwagon

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 15:21

Ya instead of looking Like a communication application it looks big and bloaded

#9 OP +Frank B.

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 15:22

For some reason Skype think an all-in-one-window approach is the right thing to do. I can live with it, although I'd prefer an option to go back to multiple windows.

#10 +devHead

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 15:30

I should let my little brother know about this; the version he runs on his Mac has like 14 different windows for the stupid thing!

#11 chrispinto

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 15:35

I'm a big daily user of Skype on Mac OS. I have to say i so far prefer this version UI

#12 Elliott

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 15:41

I would actually love it if iChat took this one-window approach, though of course it could have a better execution than this. One window makes so much sense.

#13 CPressland

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 15:46

Need an alternate chat client to Skype now....

Adium plugin just crashes all the time.

#14 instant.human

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 15:48

awesome, I love the one-window-approach. There is still a lot of cosmetic work to be done, but that is definately better than having a small window for EVERYTHING... That was the only thing I hated... glad it's fixed.

#15 protocol7

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 15:57

I'll have to try this later. Is the performance any better? On my MacBook the fans run constantly when I'm doing video chat with Skype.



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