The latest version also features a number of changes to the user interface in response to feedback from beta users.
Writing on Skype's official blog, Skype for Mac product manager, Krishna Paniker, said: "As a result of [user] feedback, we've been able to make a number of improvements in the latest version'¦Something we heard loud and clear was that you felt that the app was too big - whether it was the window size, contact list, or the way instant messages were displayed.
At the time of writing Skype had failed to update the download page linked to from Paniker's blog to reflect the correct name. It still said "Skype 2.8 for Mac." However the version that downloads is the latest, Version 188.8.131.52.7980. Accessing a Mac download by a differerent route through the site gives this page which names the new version correctly.
Paniker said: "The good news is that we've slimmed things down a bit in the new version, trimming pixels and realigning things to make the app altogether more compact. 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.
"We've also tightened up the contact list, so that you can see 30 percent 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."
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