Skype 5.3 Launched – Brings HD Video Calls

A new version of Skype has been launched that brings a few new features to the Mac. The new version is Skype 5.3 and it is now compatible with OS X Lion.

New features include HD video calling which allows those with a compatible camera to send HD video to the receiver of the call. As seen in the screenshot above, more clarity is seen in video usage.

To run Skype your Mac will need to meet the following system requirements:
* 1GHz Intel processor
* Mac OS X v10.5.8 (Leopard) or newer.
* 100 MB free disk space.
* Either USB or regular headset if your Mac does not have a built-in microphone.
* Download drivers if you are using an external webcam.
* For voice calls recommend broadband connection with 100 kbps down / 100 kbps up.
* For group video calling everyone on the call needs Skype 5.0 for Windows or Mac or higher plus webcams, and at least one person needs a group video calling subscription. For best quality we recommend you use a high-speed broadband connection of 4Mbps down/512kbps up and a computer with a Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz processor. As a minimum you’ll need a high-speed broad connection of 512kbps down/128kbps up and a computer with a 1 GHz processor.

You can get the new download now over on the Skype site.

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