Skype 2.0 beta

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Skype 2.0 beta

Skype 2.0 beta is released and it now includes video capabilities. Skype also announced its collaboration with Logitech, Creative, and with weblog software and services company Six Apart (creators of TypePad and MovableType). The new edition features a new search box to type in names or numbers which will then match entries in the user's address book. It also features an installable toolbar within Outlook to search from there as well.

Another interesting feature is that through Skype's partnership with Six Apart, it let users of its TypePad blogging service integrate Skype presence into their weblogs. Skype users, who use TypePad for their blogs, can indicate to visitors on their site when they are online, and allow visitors to easily initiate a Skype call right from the Web page

Skype 2.0 Beta Features:
The beta version of Skype 2.0 is available for people to download at www.skype.com. The free software includes:

-- Skype Video - see your friends and family on the full computer screen or in the Skype calling window. Skype Video also includes a window to view what you look like to the person you are calling.

-- Simplified user interface - an intuitive menu with one-click access to key features and options makes it even easier for the whole world to talk for free.

-- Self-expression - broadcast your mood along with your online presence. Let your contacts know whether you're happy, sad, listening to your favorite music, available to talk or do not want to be disturbed.

-- Personalization - personalize your Skype identity with avatars or custom ring tones. http://personal.skype.com

-- See your contacts' time zones - before you wake up your friends, family or colleagues take a quick glance to see what time it is in their location.

-- Group your contacts - organize your contacts by grouping your friends, co-workers or family members. Start conference calls, chats or file sharing with the whole group with just one click.

-- Real-time contact search - look up contacts in real-time by typing a name into the dialing field.

-- Skype toolbar for Microsoft Outlook - one-click calling to contacts from your Microsoft Outlook address book. http://www.skype.com/products/skypeemailtoolbar/



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