Skype has released a new version of its popular communications software for Mac, Skype 2.5 Beta for Mac.

The software offers Mac users outbound SMS text messages and ten-way conference calling.

Skype SMS lets Mac users send SMS messages to any mobile phone number in the world. Users simply select a SkypeOut contact, enter a mobile phone number or select a Skype contact’s mobile phone number in their profile.

Conference calls can be made to up to nine Skype contacts for free and to landlines and mobiles for a fee, using SkypeOut.

Another new feature lets users choose which audio device they want to use during incoming and outbound calling.

The software also supports video calls over broadband connections.