The newest version of Skype is out of beta and now enabling users to put
a new face on their VoIP calls.
Skype 2.0 has been in public beta since December and is the first Skype release to include full-screen video
The Skype video service, which had been rumored as far back as July and was originally expected to debut in August, boasts improved call quality, as well as a new
contact group feature, user interface and customizable mood settings.
A new software release isn’t the only new thing out of Skype this month.
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Skype made a raft
of announcements that expand the VoIP services footprint. Netgear is announced a Wi-Fi solution that will enable Skype usage without the need for a Skype
client running on a PC.
Skype also made announcements together with Philips
Electronics, Panasonic, D-Link, Creative and Vtech for a number of different
Skype Internet phone products.
Kodak is also jumping on the Skype bandwagon and has announced the Kodak Photo Voice service, which enables users to combine photo sharing with live Skype-enabled voice.
“Our goal is to make technology easy to use, and Skype is a simple
Internet communications service that is changing the way people stay in
touch,” said James Bilefield, vice president of business development for
Skype, in a statement.