February 4, 2005
The IP telecom software innovator becomes truly cross-platform, now allowing free calls between Windows, Pocket PC, the Mac and Linux devices, and a call to any landline worldwide at local calling costs.
Skype Technologies SA announced availability from its website of the Version 1.0 downloads of its software for the Mac and Linux, following extensive worldwide beta testing.
Skype for Mac OS X and Skype for Linux include free Skype-to-Skype calling, and conference calling for up to 5 participants, cross-platform communications, presence, personalization, and the pre-pay SkypeOut service for local landline access.
These new products join previous Skype releases in the following features:
— the Skype Global Directory – the user-built global Skype contacts directory
— Instant messaging – cross platform messaging ability
— Conference calling – instantly create a free 5-party conference call
— Logs – reference or discard call and message history
— Presence – manage availability and view status of contacts
— Customization – MyPicture image display, ring tones, call alert options
— File transfer – send and receive files via Skype
— Mobility – sign in to a Skype account anywhere in the world
— SkypeOut – pre-pay to call the PSTN anywhere, at local rates
— Multiple Skype accounts on one computer
— End-to-end encryption.
Skype is available in 20 languages and has more than 23 million registered users worldwide, with more than 130,000 new users per day. Since its launch in August 2003, Skype has been downloaded more than 56 million times.