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Johanne Torres[August 31, 2004]

Up for grabs: Skype for Mac in Beta


And, it�s free! Skype Technologies (news - alert) just announced that a Beta version of their IP telephony downloadable program is now available for Mac OS X.  

With this 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."

Completing Skype�s 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 their program.

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 messages.
  • 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 Voice over IP (VoIP) (define - news - alert - 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 [email protected]


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