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Skype 5.1 for Mac improves dialing, conference calls

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. chrisrosa

    Joined: Dec 1969


    worst interface ever tho

    Maybe some functional improvements, but painful user interface.

  1. Geoduck

    Joined: Dec 1969



    the user interface is terrible but OTOH the core software behind it is buggy rubbish.

    Stay with 2.8

  1. danangdoc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I've had nothing but good experience with it...

    Using Skype on my Mac and on my iPhone 3GS (one-way video unless I use a mirror...which I have....) I've not had any problems that were not related to time-of-day "peak usage" issues. Of course I've not paid anything for it, so I couldn't gripe if I wanted to.

  1. Ian

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Horrible UI

    The UI design is horrible - takes up way too much space on screen. 2.8 was better.

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