Skype has released a new version of its VoIP and video calling application for Mac OS X. Version 5.2 includes features such as group video calls (already present in the earlier version) and new screen sharing for its premium members. The company has also posted a tips & tricks page of shortcuts for the Mac.
Group calling requires one member to have a premium subscription that costs between US$4.99 and $8.99 per month. This individual can launch a group call and invite multiple participants regardless of their subscription status.
Screen sharing was already present in one-on-one calls, but this version lets you show documents, presentations and more to a group. This feature will be attractive to business users who work remotely with colleagues and clients.
Besides group calling and screen sharing, the new Mac version of Skype has a control bar that lets you mute or hang up a call if you have switched to another application. Skype also makes it easier to find recent conversations and added a new History section to find those contacts that use Skype infrequently.
You can download Skype 5.2 for the Mac now from the Skype site.