Skype 6 is here for Windows and Mac, with retina support, better Facebook integration, and just as many awkward chats.
Best skype alternative? Skype used to be great when it was a minimalist way to chat. It's so bloated and awful now that i want to jump ship but I don't know what is better.
I actually use Teamspeak to do long distance chats with some of my friends. It's designed for use in video games but works quite well and has an extremely small footprint.