Do what I did: switch to Google Voice/Video and Google+ Hangouts. I only use Skype for work, and rarely so now that most of my co-workers and friends have also dumped it for Google. Ever since 5.0 first made it's rounds, we've mostly migrated away from Skype and now it's only used for the Skype calls to other Skype users once or twice a month.
Wish the skype team would have some common sense about their interface design. Please go back to a lightweight usuable app. Have used skype daily for the last 3 years... and am now looking for other options.
looks like skype dont care about the customer preferences all they care is the dollars flowing in... what a shame... the mac client is useless and consume high CPU and high bandwith. I mean come on only lazy programmers get so many resources from a machine for a messagin client.
I'm so surprised... The most popular topic in Mac section is "New Skype UI is sux" and there is still no change in 5.5. Surprised that there is no any official reaction yet.
Waiting for Trillian or other client to get native Skype support without a need to run Skype itself (SkypeKIT).