A new version of Skype was just announced for OS X 10.5.8 (Intel), bringing the communications software to version 5.0. The software is no longer in beta and it’s available for download today.The improvements are largely evolutionary and include a slimmed down footprint, updated contact list view, less white space in the sidebar, a smaller minimum windows size, easier to find dial pad, updated IM window, full-screen mode in video calls, and easier chat when on calls. Basically what 5.0 brings is a slicker, easier to use version of Skype’s application.Skype Premium users will also have access to group calling. So if a few friends want a chat, or you’ve got a meeting with multiple people, you can pull up everyone on your monitor each in their own little Skype video window. It allows up to 10 people to group chat, but Skype recommend a max of 5 for best quality video. You’re also going to need at least a 4Mbps connection.I’ve installed the app and my initial impressions are very positive. I really like the updated pop-out dial pad and the new contact layout. It’s a lot more clear where your tools are, what is going on at any given moment, and what you’ve been up to in the last few minutes. Also, it’s no longer difficult to find the dial pad or your recent chats, both of which seemed hidden in the previous version. The app relies on a framed design with tabs on the side for your recent activities, which means it’s easy to keep track of who you’ve been talking to and what’s going on.Download Skype 5.0 for Mac.