Skype 6.0 For Mac Adds Multiple Chat Windows, Retina Graphics, Facebook Sign-In

Skype 6.0 For Mac Adds Multiple Chat Windows, Retina Graphics, Facebook Sign-In

Skype released a major update to both its Mac and Windows clients today. On the Mac, Skype 6.0 brings a number of enhancements, including the ability to open chats in multiple windows, Retina display support, and the ability to login with Facebook or a Microsoft account. In case you didn’t know, Microsoft owns Skype, so many of the new additions to the app tie Microsoft into the Skype experience.

  • Microsoft and Facebook Account Integration
  • Sign up and sign-in is easier than ever. You can now sign into Skype using your Microsoft or Facebook account – there’s no need to create a new Skype account. This makes it even easier to connect with friends on Skype without having to set up another account.
  • IM friends on Messenger
  • Now you can instant message your Windows Live Messenger, Hotmail and Outlook.com contacts via Skype all in one place. If you use a Microsoft account today, merging your accounts is easy – just sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account.
  • Calling with Messenger friends is coming soon
  • We’re working on polishing a feature which will enable audio and video calls to Windows Live Messenger customers using Skype desktop clients. The feature will be available in coming weeks.
  • Open Chats in Multiple Windows
  • We hear your feedback! With this release we’ve added support to open chats in multiple windows.
  • Retina Display Support
  • We also added another feature you’ve asked for – support Retina display. Now you can take full advantage of improved usability and of higher resolution screens.

If you’ve been holding off an updating your Skype, it’s probably time to bite the bullet. Since Microsoft is involved, it probably won’t get much better from here.

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  • artbytar

    With each new update since Microslop purchased Skype, it gets worse and worse. This is the worst app I have on my device. Locks up my phone, calls drop, IMs don’t get through, etc etc…what a shame.

  • mr_bee

    Ugh. I wish Skype would just dry up and blow away. It gets worse and worse with every release (not to mention the actual bugs), and users think it’s some kind of miraculous thing when in fact almost all the other video chat alternatives are better by a country mile. I am so tired of trying to help out idiots who insist on using Skype.

  • Len Williams

    I just downloaded and tried the new Skype 6.0. I haven’t been having any problems with Skype 5, and I use it regularly to contact clients and family across the U.S., Canada and Australia. The new Skype doesn’t look much different from version 5 at first glance. There’s an option in Preferences that let you take calls in a separate window, similar to the older multi-pane versions of Skype. The new version worked stably without any problems on my first test. I would guess that call disconnections and lockups have more to do with the service provider than the software itself. I’ve been successfully using Skype on 3 different iMacs, a Mac Pro, a 17″ MacBook Pro for years, and an iPhone 4S recently with very few problems and only the occasional dropped call. I’m located in Clearwater, FL and use Brighthouse as our Internet Service Provider. Ever since we switched to Brighthouse from Knowledgy (yettch!), we’ve had consistently great service. Fortunately Microsoft hasn’t managed to screw up Skype since they took it over, at least from my experience. I’m still using Mac OS Snow Leopard, so it would be interesting to hear from Lion and Mountain Lion users on their experiences.

  • ilesal

    g+ hangouts is much better IMO, in fact most people I know have switched from Skype to g+. I will make some room and uninstall Skype as I can not remember the last time I actually used it.

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