And, it�s free! Skype
alert) just announced that a Beta version of their IP telephony
downloadable program is now
available for Mac
tech affirmative action-type idea, the move seems to be uniting "Skypers"
using all different operation systems in IP telephony harmony. Said Niklas Zennstr�m,
Skype CEO and co-founder: "We invite the millions of Mac users to
connect with people with other operating systems and gain the benefits
of 21st century voice communication."
offerings, the Mac OS X version, will join others now available for
Windows, Pocket PC, and Linux. Skypers have been able to have an
online presence and contact lists, and have many options to customize
Now Mac users will
be able to take advantage of free features available with other voice
and instant messaging tools included in the service.
Included in the Mac
OS interface is:
- A Global
Directory � Users can compile a global Skype contacts directory with
numerous search options and an easy add-a-contact tool. They will
also be able to add pictures to match with names in the directory.
- A Tracking
feature � This will allow users to keep a tab on all their calls and
- Secure File
transferring � Users will be able to send and receive end-to-end
encrypted files via Skype with others�including all Mac,
Windows and Linux users.
- Mobility �
Multiple Skype accounts can now be accessed when users log in from
any Mac OS X, Windows or Linux-based PC or Pocket PC device anywhere
in the world.
The beta version
also bundles-in the recently launched SkypeOut service. Skypers will be
able to use their Macs to call any traditional telephone number at local
rates by using this service. As with other
tutorial) calling plans, Skypers
can pre-pay and use their computing device and broadband connection to
call landlines and mobile phones anywhere in the world.
Johanne Torres is the assistant editor
for TMCnet.com and Internet Telephony magazine.
Previously, she was the assistant editor for EContent
magazine in Connecticut. She can be reached by e-mail at