Skype has released a new version of its voice-over-internet software for Mac OS X. This new version (1.5.), currently in beta, boasts a redesigned interface and support for a grant total of nine languages. There are many other new features, including an improved contact list, a simplified contacts search function and an Easy Dialler for calling landlines and mobiles. Users of the software on their Macs will be able to import Apple’s Address Book into the software, and will then be able to call contacts directly with SkypeOut.

"Skype has always believed that Internet communication should be as simple and accessible to as many people as possible," said Jaanus Kase, Community Marketing Manager, for Skype. "The Mac community represents an important market that values style, innovation and ease of use. Skype for Mac provides Mac users with a cost saving and easy way to keep in touch with friends and colleagues across the globe."
The company has also announced the availability of Skype for Mac starter packs, which include a USB stereo headset with microphone complete with specially-designed carrying case and a voucher for free SkypeOut minutes.