Skype 5.6 Released With Full-Screen Lion Support

Skype has released the latest public update to its popular VOIP software, version 5.6, which brings full-screen support for Lion users, a wealth of bug fixes and a slightly overhauled user interface. The update can either be downloaded directly from Skype’s website or via the app itself (click on “Check for Updates”).

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Skype 5.6 for Mac was released to the public yesterday, with full-screen Lion support and other bug fixes

There were a couple of other surprises in store for us with this update, so let’s take a look at each new feature individually:

Automatic Updates

Probably the biggest feature of this new update was the ability for Skype to automatically update itself without having the user to click on “Check for Updates” every couple of weeks or so. This ensures that all Mac Skype users have the latest version installed and that they don’t miss out on any critical updates (such as bug fixes or security patches)

Better Group Calling

Skype 5.6 for Mac has brought along a better group calling interface with a new “dynamic” mode, where the person speaking in the conversation is automatically moved to the top of the screen in conversations of 5 or more participants, making it easier to identify exactly who’s speaking in the conference.

Full-Screen Lion Support

The latest version of Skype has brought complete full-screen support for Lion users, meaning that you concentrate on your conversation without any distractions.

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Full-screen Lion support has finally been brought to Skype for Mac

Other Features

Besides a few bug fixes, you can now delete messages within a conversation as well as the ability to remove conversations from the sidebar and history and improve the call quality in conferences by being able to disable the automatic adjustment of the microphone.

Share Your Thoughts!

What do you think of this new version of Skype? Was it worth the wait? Will you use any of the new features? Let us know in the comments section below!


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  • I’m really curious about Skype’s future since there are new big guns in the game like Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime.

    I know that those can’t possibly replace Skype but might hurt it.

    I think it’s time for Skype to innovate.

  • I’m always trying the new updates out of curiosity. Every time I have to go back to 2.8. UI is utterly crap in new versions. You barely see your contacts list, RAM usage is many times greater, UI uses much more space…
    And what about the quality? I was expecting improvements but…NONE.

    Do yourself a favor and keep 2.8. Since Skype was bought first time (by eBay) Skype just went downhill.

    • Agreed! Also no facebook or other social networking crap in 2.8. Now if only the iphone/ipad or desktop app for magicjack got a video call update :)

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  • I’m with Alexei. Sticking with 2.8.

    I’ve not used it, but the Group calling ‘dynamic’ mode is supposed to be headache inducing with a normal lively conversation turned into a carousel of rapidly shuffling images! Surely a simple highlight would’ve done?

  • I won’t mention the small problems with the interface (there are a few) nor the facebook integration…But where the ** is the volume adjument??? Anyone noticed that? thank you.

  • Full Screen mode is nice and all but it doesn’t stay when opening Skype’s preference pane. It closes FS mode and goes back to standard windowed. Quite annoying to be honest.

  • Also, CPU consumption is very very high.
    I have an old Core 2 Duo unibody MacBook Pro, and the latest Skype versions I’ve used always ate up to 50% CPU on my Mac.
    Whereas going back to Skype 2.8 and everything was back to normal.
    Without even mentioning that the UI in 2.8 was much better.
    Skype, please focus on the core rather than on the useless!

  • Don’t bother with “check for updates” on Skype. It hasn’t worked reliably on the Mac since Skype was introduced. Tried it again today, just to check. Told me I was on latest version… (5.5.0). I don’t think it’s EVER told me I had anything other than the most recent release. Went to Skype website – downloaded 5.6

  • Why is Skype 5.6 chewing up my CPU… It’s killing me… 30-70% consistently doing NOTHING on a 2.3 i7 MBP w/ 16GB of ram and dual SSD’s… There’ NO EXCUSE…

  • I like the interface and when user call we can directly on video call.

    Downside group calling sucks. It’s getting disconnected.