Microsoft has released a new version of Skype for Windows and Mac, the new version is Skype 6.0, and this is the same version that is headed to Windows 8 later this week, and it comes with a range of new features.
Some of the new features in Skype 6.0 included to ability to log into Skype with either your FaceBook account or your Microsoft Account, you can now also send instant messages to your friends on Windows Live Messenger direct from Skype.
There are also a number of other new features which are either specific to Windows or the Mac, you can see a list of the features for each platform below.
Here’s more of what’s new with Skype 6.0 for Windows Desktop:
Skype localized to six more languages
We are excited to support our growing community around the world with new localized versions of Skype in Thai, Croatian, Slovenian, Serbian, Catalan and Slovak, bringing the total languages Skype supports to 38.
Visual user interface refresh
We have refreshed and flattened the Skype UI with a simpler and less cluttered look. We have updated the look of the instant messaging and SMS areas as well.
Removal of online user count
We have removed the online user counter at the bottom of your Skype Contacts list to unclutter the UI and make more space for your friends within the contacts list.
Display previously created profile pictures
When you change your profile picture, we will now show you all of your previous Skype profile pictures so you don’t have to look through old files if you want to use a previous image.
We are constantly looking for ways to improve the quality of our product. To that end we are adding additional “opt-in” telemetry reports for users who choose this option: “Tools>> Options>>Advanced>>Tick “Help improve Skype…” The reports may contain your Skype ID and or Microsoft Account ID but we will not use it to identify or contact you.
Here’s more of what’s new with Skype 6.0 for Mac Desktop:
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.