Skype 5 Exits Beta, Greets the World

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Skype 5.0 for the Mac officially left Beta status this week. It adds group video support, a redesigned user interface, and Mac OS X Address Book support. It gets much closer to feature parity with the Windows version of Skype, although it doesn’t support Facebook news feeds. More information about new features can be found on the Skype blog.

It’s a free download that requires a 1GHz Intel processor, Mac OS X version 10.5.8, and 100MB of free disk space. Group video calling requires all users to be on Skype 5.0, with at least one of them on a group video calling subscription. Skype recommends a minimum of a Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz processor for those sessions.


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Do not bother
do not use it
Do not upgrade
After using it for several days I found that it crashes often.
The controls are a huge step backward.
The little panel of contacts I kept in the corner does not work nearly as well.
On several calls it failed to open my picture window, meaning that the call controls are not found. they could see me but I could not see them.

It is buggy and a huge mess. Utter rubbish. I have gone back to the old Skype that works.

Avoid it like the plague

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