[Offtopic] Skype beta3, free worldwide conference calls

stephen at melbpc.org.au stephen at melbpc.org.au
Fri Nov 10 01:50:15 EST 2006

Now, free worldwide computer to computer conference calls



LUXEMBOURG, November 8, 2006 – Skype today released the latest version of 
its software, Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows. Skype users across the world 
can now enjoy even simpler and easier ways to talk to one another with 
new features that enable community-led chat and discussion.

“We want to give people the freedom to explore the boundaries of 
conversation and make internet calling and ‘live’ online discussions the 
most natural thing in the world,” says Henry Gomez, Director of Worldwide 
Operations, Skype.

The new features of Skype 3.0 include:

* Skypecasts and Public Chats which allow users to join in multi-person 
community conversations and discussions.

Skypecasts are now in beta and allow users to browse and join Skypecasts 
via a new ‘live’ window featured in Skype. Skypecasts are live, moderated 
discussions allowing groups of up to 100 people from anywhere in the 
world to talk to one another. 

Skype is also introducing an exciting new community feature - public 
chats. Public chats are open, ongoing text conversations based on instant 
messaging where users can meet new people and chat about anything they 
fancy. A Skype user can start or join a public chat directly from Skype. 
Public chat hosts can moderate the flow and content of conversation. 

Hosts can also reject or ban users from public chats and set rules on who 
can participate and observe the conversation in progress. Public chats 
can be promoted using simple online links and web banners in email 
signatures, blogs, forums, websites or even Skype mood messages.

* Click-to-call which lets users make calls to ordinary phone numbers 
with just one click when surfing different websites, using SkypeOut™.

The new version makes it easier for consumers to call ordinary phone 
numbers with just one click when surfing the internet. Click-to-Call is 
an automatic online phone number recognition feature that works with both 
Internet Explorer and Firefox. Click-to-Call allows Skype users to call 
directly from any website using SkypeOut™. 

About Skype .. Skype is the world’s fastest-growing Internet 
communication offering, allowing unlimited free voice and video 
communication between Skype users. With over 136 million registered 
users, Skype is available in 28 languages and is used in almost every 
country around the world.

Skype generates revenue through its premium offerings such as making and 
receiving calls to and from landline and mobile phones, voicemail, call 
forwarding and personalization including ringtones and avatars. Skype 
also has relationships with a growing network of hardware and software 

Skype is an eBay company (NASDAQ: EBAY). To learn more visit skype.com. 
Skype is not a replacement for your ordinary telephone and cannot be used 
for emergency calling.

Regards all ..
Stephen Loosley

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