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Skype 5.3 for Mac Adds HD Video Calling and Full OS X Lion Support

Skype today announced the release of Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X , a significant update bringing full support for OS X Lion, as well as new support for HD video calling.
Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X is built to work with Apple's newest desktop operating system, Lion, in addition to being compatible with past versions of OS X going all the way back to Leopard.

With Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X, you'll also be able to send and receive HD quality video when talking to your friends and family. You'll need to use the Mac's built-in webcam or choose from a variety of webcams from our Skype Shop, such as the Logitech C910, to make video calls in crystal clear HD quality. To receive clear HD video calls on your Mac, we recommend an upload/download speed of 1.5Mbps.
Just last month, Skype 5.2 for Mac added group screen sharing for customers with premium subscriptions, as well as a revamped call control bar with support for video calls. Skype has also been hard at work on its offerings for Apple's mobile platform, finally releasing Skype for iPad one week ago.

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104 months ago
Has the atrociousness that is the UI revamp been fixed?
Rating: 29 Votes
104 months ago
Cool that they've added HD video calling, but I assume this is the same crappy 5.2 UI that drove everyone away in the first place?

They'll have to do more than add HD to get me to come back.
Rating: 14 Votes
104 months ago
Does it still try to hog all your screen space? If yes then I'll stick with 2.8 thanks.
Rating: 12 Votes
104 months ago
I'd be more impressed if they just designed a better UI.
Rating: 10 Votes
104 months ago
I'll never upgrade from Skype 2.8 until it's absolutely broken or they revert to a slim, IM-style home window. There was nothing wrong with the previous design.

And yes, there is more to Skype than video calling. I buy credit and call home to the states from Japan.
Rating: 10 Votes
104 months ago

How is this better?

Can it really be worse?

Great. The UI defaults to a big, giant, ugly paid call button. So I guess their solution to their childish UI is to hide all the buttons people actually want to use and by default display only the one that will make them money. Not that I would actually use the new version any more than I every rarely used the old one anyway...
Rating: 9 Votes
104 months ago

When the UI is fixed and I stop hearing about Skype security vulnerabilities every other week I might consider updating. 'Till then... nope.

I agree, the UI is just HORRENDOUS
Rating: 8 Votes
104 months ago

must be a european thing. I dont think anyone in the U.S. uses Skype for anything other than its novelty.

I know loads of US service personnel who use it in the middle east, in fact I know loads of all nationalities who use it to phone home when they are far way
Rating: 8 Votes
104 months ago
lol my internet is only 18 KB/s
Rating: 7 Votes
104 months ago
You know what else works on Lion?

Skype 2.7.
Rating: 6 Votes

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