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Skype released a new version of their desktop client for Windows today. Skype 5.0 adds multiple social networking features, including the ability to integrate with Facebook, group video calling, SMS to Facebook friends, and a completely revamped user interface. But, if you’re a Mac user, there’s no need to try to update your Skype client, because you won’t find an update anywhere in sight.
Skype 5.0 also lets you instantly search through your Facebook contacts to give them a call, text message them, or even call them for free through a Skype-to-Skype connection. Skype has also revamped the call screen, giving you better controls and a distraction-free blue gradient background. Nothing can be worse than when you’re talking to someone in Skype and your Internet connection goes out, but Skype has included a new feature for automatic call recovery, which can immediately reconnect a disconnected call.
While our Windows brethren seem to be getting all of the attention right now from Skype, there’s still hope for a new Mac version.
According to a post on the Skype blog, “You may have noticed that we’ve just launched a new version of Skype for Windows, and I wanted to reassure you that our previous statement still stands: we’re working hard to deliver group video calling to the Mac as quickly as possible. But that’s not all – we intend to give our app for Mac OS X a complete overhaul, both in terms of the way it looks, and in terms of functionality.”
It looks as though we will have to do a little more waiting to get group video chats, and the other niceties in Skype 5.0.
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