Skype for Mac OS X 1.0 released

Skype, the Global Internet Telephony Company, today announced the availability of its feature-rich Skype for Mac OS X Version 1.0 software application, enabling high-quality voice calling via the Internet for multiple computer platforms. Skype is the leading VOIP-category product worldwide, with more than 23 million registered users, and more than 130,000 new users per day. Skype products for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows and Pocket PC platforms are free and available for download at http://www.skype.com.

Previously available in beta versions, Skype for Mac OS X software includes free Skype to Skype calling and conference calling for up to 5 participants, cross-platform communications, rich presence and personalization features, and the pre-pay SkypeOut service, allowing users to call any landline or mobile worldwide for the price of a local call.

“We encourage all Mac OS X users to experience the cost and quality gains with version 1.0 Skype software,” said Niklas Zennström, Skype CEO and co-founder. “We thank all those who downloaded the beta products as we were developing; your support has been fantastic. We will remain committed to innovation and will continue to expand platform choice.”

Skype for Mac OS X V 1.0 features include:
– Skype’s Global Directory – the user-built global Skype contacts directory with numerous search options and an easy add-a-contact tool
– 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 – easily 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 traditional phones around the world, at local rates
– Multiple Skype accounts on one computer
– End-to-end encryption for superior privacy

Skype for Mac OS X 1.0 requires a Macintosh computer with Mac OS X v10.3 or newer, a G3, G4, or G5 processor, a minimum 400 MHz processor, 128 MB RAM, 20 MB free hard drive disk space, sound card, speakers, microphone and an Internet connection.

More information and download link here.

16 Comments

  1. “Skype for Mac OS X 1.0 requires a Macintosh computer with Mac OS X v10.3 or newer”

    Sorta funny that you need OS X v.10.3 for software that is “for Mac OS X 1.0”. I know, I know, it just looks funny.

  2. I use Skype both on my PowerBook and on my PocketPC mobile phone. Sometimes I wind up in a place where I have no cell signal, but there is WiFi. So I can switch my PocketPC cell phone to use Skype instead. It is subject to Internet condiditions, but it sounds no worse than the average cell phone call in Los Angeles.

    When I use it on my PowerBook, I get a sense that it is a terribly appropriate addition to what is basically a portable communicaitons center as is.

    All in all I like it. I like working, simply being able to launch Skype, make a call, and continue working.

    On my PowerBook there is an echo problem. People hear themselves when they talk, so I tend to plug in headphones.

  3. Sad to say but Skype has better features and voioce quality than iChat. The cost of calls to mobie phones is not a Skype issue, it is a function of the telephone companies, I have found Skype to be the cheapest way to call a telphone overseas. Very fast file transfers too.

  4. Does Skype do video yet? I use iChat for video conferencing with Mac and Windows users (who use AIM). I feel sorry for the Windows users, I can see them full screen while they have to settle on seeing me on a little 2″ video window that can’t be resized…

    Skype sounds very promising and I’m glad to have them developing for the Mac. If it does video as well as iChat does, I might consider switching or using both if I know enough users I want to talk with that use it.

    Brought to you by the word “report”. “I have nothing to report about Skype since I haven’t used it.”

  5. No, Skype doesn’t do video, but all in all, the abiity to call anyone, anywhere trumps video for me. If I want to chat with someone using iChat, I just switch to iChat. Skype is not a replacement for iChat, just a very useful compliment.

  6. Actually I have a cell phone, but I need to call an 800 number often for up to an hour or so of call time, so it eats up my minutes. I don’t have a land-line, is there a way to get free 800 # calls? I noticed that Skype doesn’t seem to support calling 800 #’s.

  7. Have any of you tried (assuming it works) using Skype with a blue-tooth headset? The beauty of iChat is hands free chat but not being able to call a landline is limiting.

  8. Cool, I was pushing for this from way back and it is really gratifying that it has come to pass. Now I can recommend it to my company as a way to conference call easily and perhaps cut down on some expenses with skype out. Personally it is really convenient to be able to call a regular phone from my computer no matter where I am as long as I am hooked into the internet. Goodbye Hotel telephone rates.

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