Skype for Mac now Universal

Skype has released Skype for Mac 1.4.0.49 today, which is the first Universal build of Skype. Version 1.4.0.49 also includes support for web presence, which allows you to showcase your online status on the web or in an email signature.

To activate web presence, go to Preferences -> Privacy, and tick the box saying ‘Allow my status to be shown on the web’. More info about web presence here.

Skype has also translated Skype into Traditional Chinese for this version. More languages to follow in upcoming releases.

More info and download link here.

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14 Comments

  1. Just a thought………

    What we really need is for Apple to come out with a version iChat AV for Windows. It could possibly become a standard. Right now it is limited because 95% of other users are using Windows. I have yet to use iChat AV and my brother lives 12 hours away. We both never use it.

    I’m all for Apple releasing a Windows version. They did it with QuickTime and iTunes and more PC users are iTunes customers than Mac users (only because of market share). Still, Apple should consider iChat AV for Windows. How many Mac users out there now use it EXTENSIVELY. Not many that I know of.

  2. –“How many Mac users out there now use it EXTENSIVELY. Not many that I know of.”

    ——–

    That’s because most Mac users don’t have an iSight cam… Of course, that is changing fast as Apple includes iSight cams on all of it’s new Macs..

    iChat AV would never work for Windows… One, because it’s Windows. Two, because there would be way to many compatibility problems trying to get every mom and pop web cam on the market to function properly with the software… iSight and iChat work seamlessly together because it is like every thing else Apple does, a complete solution.. Just like Mac and OSX and iPod and iTunes.. Apple delivers a complete end to end user experience without third parties involved.. That’s why Apple products “just work.”

  3. I’m disappointed there is not video chat functionality included in this update. Although iChat is great and works with PCs, AIM for windows is cheesy for video. C’mon, Skype! Give us video chat!

  4. I agree. We need ichat & isight for windows. It is just too difficult to video chat with my pc brethren.

    They could even express this in one of their ads.

    “Now you can video chat with your PC relatives seamlessly.”

  5. I know this is a bit off-topic, but does anyone know what the heck is going on with Filemaker creating a UB version? If/when, etc.? Our small business needs to buy a basic database program but we expect to upgrade our Macs to MacIntels over the next year or so and don’t want to be stuck running a database in Rosetta. We were thinking Filemaker, but can’t get ANY information from their sales staff about when, or even if (!), they plan to create a Universal version.
    Any info would be welcome!
    Thanks,
    Jake
    MW “modern”–it’s long past time for a modern version of Filemaker!

  6. “iChat AV would never work for Windows… One, because it’s Windows.”

    —> This statement is not credible and cannot be backed up by empirical evidence. iTunes and QuickTime seem to have no problems on the Windows platform. I do admit that iChat AV is a complex app. Apple can accomplish this.

    “Two, because there would be way to many compatibility problems trying to get every mom and pop web cam on the market to function properly with the software…”

    —> FALSE. Apple seemed to have no problems with providing Windws drivers for BootCamp. Also, if iChat AV became a standard, web-cam manufacturers would be RUSHING to provide updated drivers and have “Compatible With iChat AV” plastered all over their packaging. Next time you go to a big-box retailer, check the notebook section. Quite a few manufacturers now have built in web-cams a-la iSight. THIS IS NOT AN IMPOSSIBLE TASK.

    “That’s why Apple products “just work.”

    —> I agree with the sentiment, but in this case it just doesn’t work with 95% of the market. If they put out a version of iChat AV for Windows people would be downloading it by the MILLIONS.

    “According to Skype, Skype video for mac is being built and tested and is due out sometime between now and the end of June so it’s not long to wait.”

    —> Interesting, and Skype seems to be the emerging standard in that area. Precisely why I want Apple to release iChat AV for Windows.

    It’s the “V” in iChat AV that is key to what I am saying.

  7. “iChat AV would never work for Windows… One, because it’s Windows.”

    —> One other comment on this. Apple ALREADY HAS iChat AV running NATIVE on Intel. Most of the grunt work is DONE.

  8. > iChat AV would never work for Windows… One, because it’s Windows.

    Huh? iChatAV is no more sophisticated than any other Windows video chat application. Of course it could work.

    >Two, because there would be way to many compatibility problems trying
    >to get every mom and pop web cam on the market to function properly
    >with the software…

    Microsoft manage it with Messenger. Yahoo! with their messenger. Skype with theirs. AIM with their’s. Why can’t Apple with iChatAV. I think you fail to understand the concept of a device driver.

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