Skype releases update for the Mac

Skype has released a new version of its video calling application for Mac OS X. Version 5.2 includes features such as group video calls (already present in the earlier version) as well as new screen sharing for its premium members.

Even though screen sharing was already present in one-on-one calls, 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 Skype’s website.

New Skype Update fixes Critical Security Flaw

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Skype has finally been updated to fix a critical vulnerability which was first discovered last week. Version 5.1.0.935 fixes a major flaw that exposed your Mac to attacks from malicious contacts via instant messages, the exploit resulted in other users being able to gain remote access to your system.

The update – which also fixes some bugs in addition to patching security holes – is obviously recommended for all Skype 5 users. To download it, launch Skype on your Mac and check for updates, or visit the website.

For those of you who downloaded Skype 5 from the Skype website after April 14th, you may already have the most recent version and won’t see an update available. In which case you don’t need to worry.

Skype to bring video chat to the iPhone!

According to several rumors it appears that Skype will be making a major announcement about video calling from iPhone during CES ’11.

The first site to report on the rumor was Engadget which picked up on the fact that Skype will be participating in a CES panel discussion titled “Video Calling Gets Ready for Primetime.” Of course, panel discussions usually include participants from a number of companies, so that’s not enough to base a rumor on.

The kicker was an email received by the team that contained a link to a help document on Skype’s site. The title? “How do I make video calls with Skype for iPhone?” While a search of the Skype site didn’t reveal that document to your humble TUAW correspondent, we trust our sister site enough to believe that they had access to it.

Now if Skype can just keep prolonged service outages from happening..then we would be seriously excited about this news.

New Skype update not working on all Macs.

If you’re a regular user of Skype then you might want to wait with the latest update, as several Mac owners have reported problems, especially the owners of the new MacBook Air are having difficulties with getting Skype version 2.8.x to play nice with their brand new product.

While it is still uncertain exactly what is causing the problem, the symptoms seem to be the same on all devices. When you first open Skype, the login phase never fully resolves itself. Instead, users find themselves stuck staring at the login window until they quit the app.

The problem does not seem to be hardware related, since Skype works fine under Windows both through boot camp, as well as virtual machines such as Parallels and VMware, in other words so far it seems like this is a Mac-specific bug.

Luckily, the problem isn’t universal across all Skype for Mac builds: if you want working Skype on your Mac, the fix is as simple as rolling yourself back to Skype 2.7.0.330. Let’s hope Skype or Apple gets to the bottom of this soon, we will definitely keep you updated on any changes or progress made.

Skype receives Multi-Tasking update.

Since Skype first promised background VoIP, this is the Skype update we have all been waiting for. The Skype 2.0.1 update, will now run in the background, on any iPhone, as long as it has been updated to iOS4. Launch it, leave it running, and it’ll function just like your AT&T account — as long as the incoming call is from a Skype account.

It also means that you’ll be able to switch the screen off or mess around with other apps on your iPhone while gabbing away on Skype.

According to the release notes, you can now run Skype in the background on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS running iOS4.

This means that Skype users can now receive Skype calls and instant messages while other apps are running or the iPhone is locked. As with the iPhone’s Phone app, you can continue your call while you switch to another application.

The update is free, and those who are already using the app should see an update appearing in iTunes on their iPhones soon.

As for iPad support, please remember that, according to Skype’s Asia-Pacific VP Dan Neary, Skype for iPad was set to come out “this summer”. Maybe the app has been delayed? Summer’s not over yet, but we haven’t had official word about the app since then.

Will skype release an update to include FaceTime.

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According to sources, Skype is eager to work with any companies that might want to work with their potential video chatting features as soon as they’re ready.

Endgadget quotes that Skype “would welcome the opportunity to work with Apple,” such as meshing with the FaceTime capabilities into Skype’s app.

The source also told Engadget that Skype would definitely “welcome the opportunity to work with Apple to bring mobile video calling not only to our many millions of Skype users on iPhone around the world, but also to the countless more making video calls on desktops, TVs and other connected devices.”

Of course as with most rumors, no details, nor a timeframe has been considered yet, so of course this rumor should e taken for what it currently is, a rumor. We believe however that when you look at how much FaceTime has to offer, certainly more video calling apps like what Skype offers will be released in the future.

Since Apple even have their own chat tool that includes video, you might expect that iChat will be FaceTime friendly before too long.