The new interface is much more streamlined than the current version 4, splitting the main window much less confusingly into two simple panes: a buddy list and the Skype Home window, from which you can edit your profile and give feedback as well. And, as always, you can bring Skype back down to a compact view if you prefer to just see your contact list.
More interesting, though, is the addition of 10-way video calling, which is an even further step up from the previous five-way calling added earlier this year. It still looks like it’s going to be a premium feature in the long run — which is disappointing and sure to make Skype users continually jealous of iChat — but for now, you can download it and chat it up with 10 of your friends.
Skype 5.0 beta 2 is a free download for Windows only.
Make group video calls with up to 10 people with the new beta version of Skype for Windows [Skype Blog]