Skype 5.0 Beta for Mac Released, Features Group Video Chat

The latest beta version of Skype 5.0 for Mac users has been unveiled, featuring a host of new capabilities including group video chatting. This version aims to enhance user experience by consolidating various elements into a single window, unlike the previous versions where multiple windows were used for different functions.

Integration with the Mac Address Book simplifies the process of managing contacts within Skype. Users can now add new contacts with a simple search and click, eliminating the need to maintain a separate list.

Additionally, a new floating dial pad is available for direct dialing and sending SMS, appearing only when required. The redesigned window also includes a sidebar that organizes contacts, groups, and recent chats for easy access.

One of the standout additions is the capability for group video chats. To participate, all users must have Skype 5.0 or later installed on either a Mac or Windows system.

The feature supports chatting with up to three additional participants. Moreover, a “push to talk” function has been introduced, requiring a specific key combination (Control-Option-Command-Up Arrow) to activate the microphone, which mutes upon release. This complex combination might be seen as an overcomplication by some users.

Further details on these updates are covered in a video on the following page.

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