Skype 5 for Mac is now out of beta, which should be a big improvement for those using the last stable Mac version: Skype 2.8. You can download the new version directly now: Skype for Mac OS X.

Since the beta, the company has seriously slimmed down the size of the application: "We've reduced the minimum window size, so that those of you who prefer to keep Skype to one side of your screen, for example, can do that more easily," a company spokesperson said in as statement. "We've also tightened up the contact list, so that you can see 30% more contacts at once. We've reduced the amount of whitespace in the sidebar too. In addition, we've tweaked the way instant messages are displayed to reduce the amount of whitespace, allowing you to see more of your conversations without scrolling." In addition, the contacts monitor has been moved the Window menu, full screen mode has returned for video calls, and the chat panel can be shown/hidden when you're in a call.

If you're a more visual person, the company has put together the video below to show you what's new in Skype 5 for Mac:

Just like on Windows, to truly take advantage of the new version, you'll need the Skype Premium package, which offers group video calling together with access to live chat customer support. It will set you back $4.99/€3.49/£2.99 per day or $8.99/€5.99/£4.99 per month. New users can try group video chat for free with the one-week trial.