Skype 5.0 adds support for video conference calls

Major new Skype releases don’t come often, but when they do, they tend to bring interesting new functionality along with them. When Skype 4.0 arrived in February 2009, it introduced a new interface and improved call quality. Today, Skype has released version 5.0 of its voice-over-IP software, adding group video calling, Facebook integration, and a tweaked version of the 4.0 interface.

According to the official announcement, group video calling is still in beta, but users can take it for a spin right away:

People who download the new Skype will receive a free trial of group video calling in beta for a chance to try out video calling with more than two people. The dynamic view makes it easy to follow along on group video calls by automatically moving the focus to the person speaking on the call.

Skype 5.0 also brings a usability enhancement: automatic recovery from dropped calls. In the words of the press release, the feature "helps users quickly reconnect calls that are interrupted due to Internet connection problems." Here’s hoping this version doesn’t force me to toggle my mic off and on again in the audio devices screen to be heard. You can grab Skype 5.0 here for Windows.

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    • StefanVonS
    • 9 years ago

    STILL can’t minimize to the system tray win 7

    • yehuda
    • 9 years ago

    I’m surprised no one comments on the post subject. My first thought was this would be great for corporate users.

    • BlackStar
    • 9 years ago

    Is there a Linux version?

    • UberGerbil
    • 9 years ago

    Just out of curiosity, what’s the ID of the laptop in the illustration? It looks a bit like a Dell studio (swooping side with hinge-mounted power button) but the color is wrong.

      • Skrying
      • 9 years ago

      That’s a Sony Vaio.

        • UberGerbil
        • 9 years ago

        That was gong to be my other guess, but I’ve only seen them in black also.

        Thanks!

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    uglier for sure.

    • Raskaran
    • 9 years ago

    Main UI seems more ugly for me (grey instead of blue, can you change that ?)
    It uses 30MB more memory then 4.2 when fully loaded, and still can’t properly release it when I press the close button.

      • conlusio
      • 9 years ago

      That’s the Facebook/CALEA add-in that’s taking up more memory. The functionality is identical, just the permissions are different.

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