Skype is also offering a new group-video-calling feature. According to company data, about 40 percent of all Skype-to-Skype minutes were used on video calling. The logical step was to provide a feature that allowed users to chat with more than just one other person. Anyone who downloads version 5 will have a chance to test out the new functionality for free, though it will be a paid extra down the line.
- Full HD video-calling: If you have Logitech C920 webcam, you will now be able to call your friends and family with HD quality video streaming. Logitech C920 does all the video encoding inside camera which makes it faster to process and stream the video. You will need to have at least 2MBps Internet connection in order to run the video chat in HD video-calling mode.
- Support for Facebook audio and video-calling (beta): Facebook introduced video chat sometime ago and now you can chat (Voice and video both) with your Facebook friends right within Skype.
- Group screen sharing: This feature enables one to share the whole desktop or a specific application window with multiple users. This can be very useful for conferencing and remote meetings.
- Hide offline Facebook contacts: Another feature related to Facebook. Now you can hide your Facebook friends who are not online. This will clear up the contacts clutter from the Skype Contacts window.
- Push to Talk: This feature has been introduced before but now it’s a part of Skype5.8. You can configure Push to Talk feature by going to Skype –> tools –> options –> advanced –> hotkeys
Some minor updates to features already present in Skype:
Skype updater service
Bing bar integration
You can get the latest version of Skype through get Skype link but it is a web installer which will download the full installer after running. You can also download the full installer of Skype 5.8 directly through the direct download link below