Skype has updated its Skype for Mac desktop client to version 18.104.22.16846, which now gives you the option to sign into Skype using either a Microsoft or a Facebook account without having to first set up a new Skype account. The new release also provides instant messaging capabilities to your contacts stored in Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger, Hotmail, and Outlook.com services. The Mac client also adds support for open chats in multiple windows and for Retina displays. (Free, 34.5 MB, release notes)
Improve Apple Services with AirPort Base Stations
You can make iChat file transfers, iDisk, and Back to My Mac work better by turning on a setting with Apple AirPort base stations released starting in 2003. Launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, click Manual Setup, choose the Internet view, and click the NAT tab. Check the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) box, and click Update. NAT-PMP lets your Mac OS X computer give Apple information to connect back into a network that's otherwise unreachable from the rest of the Internet. This speeds updates and makes connections work better for services run by Apple.
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You can rename Skype 2.8 to "Skype 2.8" and install Skype 6, and then launch 2.8 most of the time, only launching 6 if you have a specific interoperability requirements.
As much as I think the newer versions are still pretty mediocre, I don't want to pretend that Skype 2.8 was a particularly good interface. It was just less bad, and it's clear that Skype won't be going back, regardless.