Friday, June 15, 2007

Skype 3.5 Beta for Windows released

Everyone's favorite Internet telephony  application just released their new beta, 3.5  Skype's really been rolling out the upgrades lately, adding feature and third party developer support like crazy.

The new features include:

  • feature: Auto redial
  • feature: Call Transfer
  • feature: Device Indicators
  • feature: Edit chat messages
  • feature: Message history loading granulated
  • feature: Private Telephone Numbers
  • feature: Send contacts inside chat
  • feature: Visual indicators for Audio In / Audio Out in options
  • feature: Show examples of notifications / alerts in options
  • feature: Added Latvian localization - Intars Students
  • feature: In-Client Hardware store button
  • change: Extras Manager updated to version 1.2.0.261
  • Some of these are nice, some are really, really handy.  You can now transfer calls to any other Skype user for free, or any SkypeOut number with a SkypePro account (which is not, of course, free).  You can read more on the Skype blog here.  Download the Beta here.

    Hat tip: DownloadSquad

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    3 comments:

    bernie said...

    Jeff,

    I am always a little hesitant to download the Beta version of things. Have you had decent success in doing this with Skype in the past? I am really bummed that Skypein numbers have gone up so much. I probably will not be renewing mine, as it really gets little use and is now $70 a year versus $30 (around that) a year.

    Jeff said...

    Bernie, I've never had any trouble with Skype's betas. I think I've used everyone since I started following Skype and never had any trouble.

    I'm bummed too about the rates generally going up. SkypeOut costs more now too. I think this has as much to do with local telco regulations as anything else. That or Skype, having established a good sized user-base, is raking in some serious cash :)

    dpeach said...

    Just this week Skype released 1.4 Beta for Linux.

    We are seriously behind the rest of the world on these closed source apps. Seems the people that have money to do the development in house don't want to spend time with us. If they would open source it, then we could help them get it up to date and help with general development.

    Personally I am not a developer, but it seems to me that Skype for Mac (Unix) can't be that much different than Skype for Linux. This 1.4 beta is the first upgrade we have had in 8 months or so. I don't think we have ever had a real release. All the ones that I have seen for Linux are beta.