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Skype 5.11 for Mac – Beta

Today we have released a Beta version of Skype 5.11 for Mac. In this release, we are enabling Skype users to reach even more of their friends and family. We have added beta support for:

• Sharing Instant Messages with friends on Messenger.
You can now sign in with your Microsoft account (formerly Windows Live ID), and see presence as well as send and receive IM messages from your friends who are using Messenger, Xbox, Hotmail or

• Improved Facebook integration.
You can now sign in directly with your Facebook account, without needing to first create a Skype account.

• Link Microsoft and Facebook accounts to a Skype account.
If you sign in with a Microsoft or Facebook account you will be offered the option to link your Skype account. If you choose the link option then Skype will display a combined list of friends. This is an area we are still working through so please let us know about your experience.

We are adding a much-anticipated feature our users have been asking for to improve usability of the Skype for Mac client.

• Different conversations can now be opened in separate windows by selecting this option in Preferences (General -> Open conversation in new window when I double-click in the sidebar).

Download and try the beta today.

We have redesigned our emoticons in HD and added a new fun set for you to enjoy!

  • (yn) – fingers crossed
  • (facepalm)
  • (waiting)
  • (highfive)
  • (lalala)
  • (tumbleweed)

This is a Beta release and we want your help in identifying issues and providing us with feedback by visiting the Skype Support Network or on our public issue tracker.


Resolved Issues:

Category Description
IM IM area becomes blurry after scrolling in Mountain Lion
Video 1:1 Screen sharing is not working in some languages: Danish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Traditional Chinese and Korean.

Known Issues:

Category Description Current Workaround
Account Skype crashes when changing password twice Change once at a time
Change a password It’s not possible to change your password in Skype if you have logged in with Microsoft or Facebook account Change password with the respective service provider.
Online Number Incoming calls using Online numbers do not work when logged in with Microsoft or Facebook accounts None available.
Video Calling Video stops when changing camera during a call Restart sending video after switching camera
Contacts It’s not yet possible to add, remove or accept Microsoft and Facebook contacts from contact list Add, remove or accept contact in your Facebook or Microsoft account

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