Skype, the popular Voice over IP (VoIP) calling and messaging software, has been updated for the Mac to version 1.4. The new release is available for free download from Skype’s Web site.
Using Skype, you can instant message or voice chat for free with other Skype users. Skype also offers premium services that allow you to make outbound calls to any landline or cell phone number, accept incoming calls, and store inbound calls in voicemail.
The Mac OS X v1.4 client now features call forwarding to other Skype accounts and to a regular phone number, call auto-answer, a “fast call set-up” capability that lets you drag and drop contacts to add them the chats and calls, “self expression” that lets you broadcast your mood, auto-pause and auto-resume for iTunes for inbound and outbound voice calls, new notifications, and a Japanese language version.
The Windows version of Skype, 2.0, recently emerged from beta testing. The new version features improved call quality, video support, grouping for contacts and more.