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Skype for Mac 5.8 gets Mountain Lion support, slim contacts

updated 12:05 pm EDT, Thu June 14, 2012

Also enables video auto-rotation for calls with mobile users

VoIP service Skype has released a new version of its Mac client, 5.8. One of the main additions is support for OS X Mountain Lion, which is set to be launched next month. The company has also responded to complaints and re-introduced the slim contact list, which can be resized and repositioned as necessary.

When talking to people using the iOS or Android apps, the Mac software will now automatically detect when a person has rotated their mobile device, and adjust incoming video on a Mac automatically. Auto-rotation was already supported for incoming Windows Phone video; Skype is notably owned by Microsoft. Premium subscribers, meanwhile, can now see photos and live video simultaneously during Screen Sharing.

The Skype for Mac client is a free download, but some features require either a Premium or pay-per account. The company is promising that a future Mac release will add the ability to open chats in separate windows, and talk to multiple contacts at once.




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  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +12

    So...

    You're making it look more like the ancient version that many of us are still using, because it's significantly BETTER. Congrats. Try just listening to your customers next time.

  1. Geoduck

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Thanks

    "The company has also responded to complaints and re-introduced the slim contact list, which can be resized and repositioned as necessary."
    Effing well about time. I hope you also listened to your customers and fired the moron that made the change in the first place.

  1. GopherAlex

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Big asterisk on that slim contact list

    After 5 minutes trying to figure out how to enable the slim contacts list, here is what I discovered. The stupid huge main window is still there and there is still no way to shrink it. What they actually did was add a secondary "Contacts Monitor" window, which is a stripped-down version of what the main window SHOULD and used to be. You can close the main window but then you miss critical info that is not shown in the Contacts Monitor, like your balance and your online status.

    All they had to do was ditch the stupid unnecessary left split view pane, re-layout the contacts list and remove the window sizing restriction. Then EVERYBODY would be HAPPY. Somehow instead they managed to f*** it up even worse.

  1. MacDuc

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    where is...

    call forward. Can we pleas have it back for the Mac version

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