Major new Skype releases don't come often, but when they do, they tend to bring interesting new functionality along with them. When Skype 4.0 arrived in February 2009, it introduced a new interface and improved call quality. Today, Skype has released version 5.0 of its voice-over-IP software, adding group video calling, Facebook integration, and a tweaked version of the 4.0 interface.
According to the official announcement, group video calling is still in beta, but users can take it for a spin right away:
People who download the new Skype will receive a free trial of group video calling in beta for a chance to try out video calling with more than two people. The dynamic view makes it easy to follow along on group video calls by automatically moving the focus to the person speaking on the call.
Skype 5.0 also brings a usability enhancement: automatic recovery from dropped calls. In the words of the press release, the feature "helps users quickly reconnect calls that are interrupted due to Internet connection problems." Here's hoping this version doesn't force me to toggle my mic off and on again in the audio devices screen to be heard. You can grab Skype 5.0 here for Windows.
|ASRock's latest X99 board turns onboard networking up to 22Gbps||13|
|Just Cause 3 won't have multiplayer at launch||6|
|Samsung asks ITC to block Nvidia GPU shipments||32|
|The TR Podcast 166 is now available on YouTube||23|
|Chromebooks now come with 1TB of cloud storage for two years||30|
|Deal of the week: Devil's Canyon starting at $179.99, Intel 730 Series for $0.42/GB, and more||38|
|AMD prolongs A-series software deal; price cuts still a work in progress||25|
|Report: Valve lays out new rules for Early Access games||61|
|Sounds like a good way to conceal the terrible financial performance of the mobile business unit.||+37|