Skype for Mac 5.3 Is Lion Compatible
Article by George Norman
On 09 Aug 2011
The development team behind the now Microsoft-owned Skype, announced yesterday that Skype for Mac has been updated to version 5.3 and that the update comes with the following changes:

Lion compatibility
Skype for Mac 5.3 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, the eight major release of the Apple-developed operating system. So if you’re thinking about upgrading to Lion, you can do so safe in the knowledge that Skype for Mac will not have any problems with the operating system.


New contact grid view and updated contact list view
Skype explained that it improved contact fried view optimized for calling and that it updated the contact list view so that contacts are now listed in Name, Favorites, Status, Tags (formerly Group) and Location. This change is meant to allows users to more easily find contacts. If you frequently speak to a contact, you can add that contact to Favorites and have seamless access to it.

Minor improvements

Several other stability issues have been addressed in Skype for Mac 5.3.

If you would like to get Skype for Mac 5.3, you can grab it straight from Skype here.

The previous version, Skype for Mac 5.2, was released to the public at the start of July. It brought with it the following main changes:
Group screen sharing – those who have a Skype Premium subscription can share their screen during a group video call. Product Manager for Skype for Mac, Krishna Panicker explained at the time that “group screen sharing makes communication and collaboration on group calls even richer by enabling people to view presentations, photos and documents on a participant's screen, perfect for presenting a document to colleagues knowing they can't skip slides in advance or for sharing holiday photos with friends and family.”
Improved multi-tasking – thanks to the call control bar, you can still see who you’re talking to while multitasking. And you can mute or hang up.
Sidebar enhancement – less active conversations can be moved to the new History section while active conversations can easily be accessed under Recents.
Added support for Mac's built-in HD and Logitech's B910 HD cameras.

Tags: Skype, Skype for Mac, Apple, Mac OS X, Lion
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