updated 02:40 pm EDT, Thu March 24, 2011
Company starts contest to redesign chat window
VoIP provider Skype has announced a fresh update to its Mac client, v5.1. While minor in some respects, the update does add the ability to dial recent numbers from the dialpad, speeding up some calls. During conference calls, the software now makes it easier to identify the active speaker.
Listings for contact groups have been rearranged to create more space in the sidebar. Other changes include a Call Quality Feedback reporting tool, and several bugfixes. Among these is a problem with detecting iSight cameras hooked up via FireWire.
The update is a free download. Skype has meanwhile started up a contest to help create custom styles for the chat window. The grand prize winner will get a MacBook Air, an iPad 2 and a year of Unlimited World Extra service, as well as their style included in a future version of Skype. The chat window's design has been widely criticized since Skype 5 first emerged.