So, rants aside, I'm very much looking forward to trying out the feature whenever Skype makes it available for the Mac. In the meantime, those of us who choose the Mac will have to live vicariously through blog posts such as this one from Phil Wolff at Skype Journal:
Phil went screenshot-happy and captured a whole sequence of shots experimenting with the new feature. Looks very cool.
Thanks for sharing, Phil.
P.S. And by the way... nice hat! :-)
UPDATE: Just after publishing this post, I noticed that Phil has another post up, "Skype 5 beta and group video bandwidth" where he's investigating the network paths and video used by the multi-party video. Good stuff!