Skype seems to be savoring its final moments of independence with a flurry of new features. With Microsoft’s $8.5 billion acquisition of the company still pending, Skype has been updating its software at a rapid pace over the past few weeks, wrapping up some key projects before life at the company gets a little more complicated.

The latest example: An update to Skype’s Mac software, released this morning, adding support for Mac OS X Lion and HD video calls.

Skype released its first native iPad app last week and rolled out Skype calls on Facebook last month. The company also recently updated its Android app with support for video calling on more devices. Its Windows software — which already offered HD video calls — received an update last month, with features including deeper Facebook integration.

The company, based in Luxembourg, will become a division of Microsoft after the acquisition is completed. It’s the largest deal in Microsoft’s history.

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  • Guest

    Congratulations again to Microsoft, the third-most-prolific Mac application company in the world!

  • Guest

    Well, they know once they’re part of MS they’ll be lucky to get one update out every year. So I guess this is their chance to stay relevant for the next couple.

  • Guest

    “It’s the largest deal in Microsoft’s history.”

    Steve needed something bigger to fail at so that people would forget aQuantive. Plus, he was desperate for a product that was a verb.

    How long before Sype fails under MS’s deft touch? 3 years or less?

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