Skype has just released a new beta of Skype for Pocket PC. Click here to go get it. The last version of Skype for Pocket PC with any new features was released in April this year, making the Pocket PC development far behind the main Skype clients for the Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems. They've also added support for the new Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC, though still no support for the Palm-based Treo 650 which I believe has around a million users. With the new Treo 700 for Windows coming out soon, I wonder if Skype will ever support the Palm-based Treo 650. :( Symbian phone users are also out of luck.
There are two versions to download. Version 188.8.131.52 is the preferred one for 400+ MHz devices, and 184.108.40.206, which says "recommended if your Pocket PC has a CPU of 312 MHz", should actually read "from 312 MHz up to 400 MHz". The second one has been optimized to work well on devices slower than 400 MHz.
Other new things in this release:
- supported operating systems: Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC and Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC.
- languages: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Korean, Japanese
- supported displays: 240x320, 480,640, portrait and landscape, 240x240 and 480x480.
- supported networks: WiFi/802.11, 3G/UMTS or EDGE.
- voice quality improvements
- extended screen support
- Skype Voicemail: you can receive and send voicemail. The thing you can't do, though, is update your greeting
- lots of bugs fixed - see the change log for details