Skype for El Capitan

Just in time for Apple’s official release of OS X El Capitan, Microsoft is out with a new version of Skype with features only available on the new operating system. Available in Skype 7.13 for Mac, the messaging and video chatting app now supports Apple’s new Split View feature for running Skype side-by-side with another full screen app. 

Split View on Skype even works during video calls when running another app next to it. Because Skype already had its own picture-in-picture feature, users may want to disable this to avoid seeing double video streams when using the app next to Skype.

Aside from El Capitan support and features, Skype says it has improved how you add contacts as well:

We’ve also made it easier to automatically add friends that are also using Skype. Just go to Contacts and click Add Contacts. There you’ll see an option to automatically add people you know in your Mac or other address books. You can also verify your mobile number so that people who have it can easily find you on Skype.

Skype 7.13 also includes a fix for an issue that caused Skype to crash, although Microsoft says the El Capitan update may “experience slow performance when switching to a conversation with large number of participants when running Skype” on OS X 10.11.

The latest version requires OS X Mavericks or later; Split View requires OS X El Capitan. You can grab Skype for Mac here.

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