Skype for Mac Support Ends for OS X 10.5.8 and below – Temporarily
Skype for mac latest revision will no longer work with older versions of Apple’s OS X, ending their support for Macs running OS X 10.5.8 Leopard or earlier, but promise that a Leopard-specific version is being developed and is on it’s way.
Skype users last week started complaining on the Skype forum that they were being locked out from accessing the popular voice over IP service, reported TUAW. As more and more complaints appeared, it was realised that Skype for mac was no longer operational on computers running the older versions of OS X.
Microsoft today confirmed the change in service (albeit in a roundabout way) in the following answer to a question on the forum regarding Skype for mac compatibility with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, which will for now remain unaffected.
there seems to be a lot of confusion around this. First, let me assure you that no-one is locking you out from using Skype on OS X 10.6 – 10.8 and there is no need to upgrade to Mavericks or (the new OS X now in dev preview) Yosemite if you don’t want to.
All OS X 10.6 – 10.8 users can head over to http://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-mac/downloading/ and get version 6.15. This is a very solid release and you can still use all of the main features without any problems (i.e. group video, group chats, screen sharing etc).
Note that you should only use the link above, it serves you with a correct update for your OS version, direct links (to DMG files) can work, but are not guaranteed to do so.
That said, we still encourage you to stay up to date, meaning upgrading to Mavericks and getting the latest Skype.
Hope this clarifies things a bit.
If you have problems updating, please let us know in this thread and I’ll try to help you.
The latest version of Skype for Mac is 6.19 and which can be downloaded here for free .