Skype for Mac OS X announced by developer Skyper Limited

“Skyper Limited has announced the Mac version of Skype, its free and simple application that enables you to make free calls anywhere in the world. Skype, created by the developer of KaZaA, uses innovative P2P (peer-to-peer) technology to connect you with other Skype users. “If you are tired of paying outrageous fees for telephony, Skype is for you!” The Mac OS X beta version will be available in a few weeks, according to the developer.” MacNN reports.

More info in the MacNN forums here.

15 Comments

  1. “Created by the developer of KaZaA”… does this means it has all those great KaZaA features like spyware and adware? If so, they can shove it up their… well, you know.

  2. And what the heck is wrong with iChat?

    It has huge interoperability with a number of messaging systems, and is present out of the box.

    To cat person’s point – why risk any bumpf-ware being installed by “the developer of KaZaA”?

  3. NY MacMan, the key word is “telephony”. Once implemented, you’d be able to make a Mac to phone call. Ofcourse, Apple may be working on their own VoIP solution ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  4. I’ll tell you why Skype is better than iChat.

    I have my Mac and my PC running behind a linux firewall at home. It took a hell of a lot of stuffing around to get voice chats working with iChat (ie, port forwarding etc etc)

    Skype, on the other hand, worked straight away with NO firewall configuration required at all. In fact, it offered the ease of use and installation that i would normally associate with Apple products. And the quality of the sound is amazing.

    Cant wait for the mac version!!

  5. This is great news! A lot of my friends in the business community have been talking about how they are using Skype for conference calls (I think you can have up to 4 people at the same time in the same call and it is free). This will keep the Macintosh in the loop for business users.

    I emailed Skype to please make a Mac version and posted about it a few places on the net. It is nice to see the Mac Community’s Voice being heard.

  6. Frank:

    Maybe I’m missing something, but this is straight from Skype’s web page:

    “Free unlimited worldwide phone calls to other Skype users”

    And I couldn’t find anything about making calls to regular phones – so I don’t think this is a “Mac to phone call” product.

    That being said, the conference call thing is a great boon, it would be awesome if this was added to iChat.

    Bleez: The firewall issues can’t be avoided if you want compatibility with the ubiquitous AOL network (it has a fixed port number that most firewalls do not allow through by default). I don’t know why you’d do any port-forwarding however. Standard NAT with no special rules handles AOL just fine since the connection is negotiated in an “outward” direction. You probably meant opening a port in the firewall?

  7. As Cat Person said…””Created by the developer of KaZaA”… does this means it has all those great KaZaA features like spyware and adware?”
    I’ve always been skeptical. Does anyone know if it’s clean?

  8. MilwawkeeMacOphile: the Mac to phone is not yet implemented but will be according to their FAQ:
    SkypeOut is an exciting new feature from Skype which we will be launching Summer 2004. SkypeOut will allow Skype users to call any traditional telephone line.
    Cheers

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