Skype has released Skype 2.7 for Mac beta.

The new version of Skype introduces a range of features to the popular VOIP software: group contacts, Address Book support and more.

Group contacts enables users to organize contacts into as many groups as required, which should help keep large lists organised.

Skype 2.7 for Mac also lets users see their Apple Address Book contacts in Skype, allowing them to call or SMS anyone who has a phone number in their address-book profile.

Users can also create and manage public chats by clicking on Chats in the menu bar and use the new Auto Redial facililty.

Skype has also improved the appearance of the software's file-transfer utility.

The beta software is available for download here.