OS X Skype 1.5 shows its pretty face

  • July 25th, 2006

skype 1.5 os x

Or should I say, Skype users can now show their pretty faces?

OS X users can now get in on a little video action with fellow Skype users thanks to the latest 1.5 Video Preview. Not only does the latest release offer the option for video chats, the entire interface of the application has received a much needed face-lift. Was it just me, or did the previous incarnation of Skype resemble an application that belonged in OS X Panther? iChat definitely needs a face-lift of it’s own – something unified – to compete.

While everyone else is most likely comfortable showing their mugs in real time via video – morning, noon, or night – I am still attempting to overcome that eery someone is watching you [whenever that little iSight light shines green] feeling. I mean, I understand that someone will be watching, but I don’t think the feeling should be the same as if I were uttering Bloody Mary three times in front of a mirror in the dark.

I want a show of hands comments. Who uses video as a means of communicating on a regular basis? And what tips do you have for breaking that initial apprehensive video chat barrier?

My Skype balance is low. All those lonely late night calls are adding up, ergh I mean… Utilizing Skype’s free outgoing calls feature as my VoIP solution is saving me so much money I don’t need to refill.