While Skype 5.5 for Windows remains in beta, the Mac version of the software has publicly reached version 5.2 today, with the addition of some great new features. One of the most notable is support for group video calling and screen sharing abilities during such calls, although unfortunately these features require that at least one participant has a subscription to Skype Premium which can cost between $4.49 and $8.99 per month (or $4.99 for a day pass). The screen sharing feature was already available for free for one-on-one Skype calls, although the addition of the feature for group calling adds a whole new level of possibilities.
Among some other features are a video option in the call control bar while you multi-task during a video call, allowing you to see your contact’s video feed while also being able to hang up or mute them when multi-tasking. Also, it is now easier to find your most active conversations under “Recents” in Skype’s sidebar, and a history section has been added where you will be able to see those that are less active.
If you use Skype on your Mac, be sure to update to version 5.2 to get access to all of these new features among others.