Skype Update Adds New Video Chat Features

Skype released Skype 5.2 for Mac OS X on Monday. The update for the online text, audio and video chat application added a new video chat control bar, along with group screen sharing.

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Version 5.2 lets users participate in video chats even when the main app window is minimized, complete with mute and hangup options. Skype Premium users can now share screens for presentations in group video chats, too.

The Skype app for the Mac is free and available for download at the Skype Web site. Skype Premium subscriptions are priced starting at US$4.49 a month.