Skype brings VoIP to the Mac Skype launched a version of its internet telephony service for users of Apple computers on Tuesday, as it battles a growing number of competitors offering voice over IP (VoIP) products.
Skype for Mac OS X is presently at the beta stage and can be downloaded from
www.skype.com. A Skype spokesman said: "This is very significant. It means Skype users can speak for free to other Skype users seamlessly across a wide range of
platforms. Various versions of Skype already exist for the Windows, Linux and Pocket PC operating systems. The company's SkypeOut service also lets users call telephone lines and mobiles, with prices starting at 1.7 euro cents (around 1p) per minute.
Skype says it has over nine million users worldwide, which puts it at the forefront of the fast-growing internet telephony market. But it is facing plenty of competition, both from fellow start-ups and established telecoms providers.
Skype Releases VOIP Software for Mac, Linux VOIP provider Skype released final versions of its software for the Maci
ntosh and Linux on Tuesday morning.
Skype originally released both versions of its software in beta form. All of Skype's features, including its global address book, the ability to manage "presence" across different locations, and the ability to send files, have been included in the shipping versions, according to Skype. An additional service called SkypeOut allows Skype users to connect to mobile and landline phones for the price of a local call.
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.
Skype Takes Mac, Linux VoIP Software Mainstream Skype Technologies today released the first version of its Internet telephony software applications for Mac OS X and Linux in efforts to add new users to its global network. The move comes at a time when telecommunications Quintum VoIP solutions. The perfect fit for your Enterprise. giants are scrambling to expand into new markets.
Company executives hope the new software will spur continued growth for the 17-month old Skype. The company reports that more than 140,000 new users register each day, far surpassing the growth rate of traditional telecoms that are entrenched in the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) race.
Skype releases beta for Mac OS X The new version, 1.5, of the voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) client boasts a new, more streamlined look. However, much of the functionality in the new Mac beta involves the sort of features that Skype's Windows users have enjoyed for some time, such as menu-selectable dialing codes and easy importation of address book contacts.
One feature that remains conspicuously absent is video calling, but Skype's community marketing manager, Jaanus Kase, told CNET.com.au sister site ZDNet UK on Tuesday that a Skype for Mac Video Preview also would be released.
He claimed it would be "exactly the same" as Skype for Mac OS X 1.5 Beta, but would include the video capability.
Quite frankly, it's not done yet," Kase conceded, "but we had quite a lot of interest from Mac users (so we) put out a preview for the more technically adventurous
users. Skype allows users to make free calls over the Internet to other Skype users, and cut-price calls to fixed-line and mobile numbers. It has proved popular with both consumers and businesses -- Skype estimates that one in three users is a mobile professional.