Enhanced Functionality of Skype for Mac 1.5 Beta Makes it Even Easier for Mac Community to Talk on the Internet for Free
LUXEMBOURG, July 25, 2006 – Skype, the global Internet communication company, has released a new version of its popular communications software for Mac, Skype™ for Mac OS X 1.5. The new version currently in beta has a sleek redesigned interface and is now available in nine languages. A host of new features include: improved contact list, calls in windows and chat drawer; simpler contacts search function; Easy Dialler for straightforward calling to landlines and mobile phones at very low prices.
“Skype has always believed that Internet communication should be as simple and accessible to as many people as possible,” said Jaanus Kase, Community Marketing Manager, for Skype. “The Mac community represents an important market that values style, innovation and ease of use. Skype for Mac provides Mac users with a cost saving and easy way to keep in touch with friends and colleagues across the globe.”
Streamlined and Easy to Use
The look and feel of the main Skype window and chat drawer has been redesigned to be more efficient and easier to use. The new resizable chat drawer makes sorting, adding and removing chats straightforward through a simple drag and drop. Skype has made organizing and adding contacts effortless through improved integration with Apple’s Address Book and Microsoft En-tourage. Additionally, Skype’s quickfilter search function simplifies finding contacts within the Skype contact list. Skype is bringing the Mac version to an even broader global audience with support for seven new languages, including French, German and Spanish.
Skype for Mac 1.5 features
Skype for Mac 1.5 comes loaded with a fresh interface and an exciting set of innovative features designed exclusively for all people using a Mac. The newest version of Skype for Mac includes:
• Stylish look and feel: Intuitive interface designed especially for Mac to be faster and easier to use, with exclusive Mac-only features including calls in windows and a resiz-able chat drawer with drag and drop functionality.
• Easy Dialing: instead of having to remember specific country codes, easily call land-lines or cell phones worldwide by selecting the country of choice from a dropdown menu.
• Find people to call: Easily import Apple’s Address Book or Microsoft Entourage con-tacts into Skype and call them directly with SkypeOut™, plus find your friends who are already using Skype so you can call them for free.
• Languages: In addition to English and Japanese, Skype for Mac now also comes in French, Spanish, German, traditional Chinese, Italian, Portuguese and Dutch language versions.
• Quickfilter: Find Skype and SkypeOut contacts quickly and easily by simply typing in the first few letters of a contact’s name.
• Skype Presence: Users can now be social using SkypeWeb to share their online status on websites and in emails, allowing others to see when they’re available to talk or chat from any website and blog.
Skype for Mac Starter Packs
In addition to the new software release, Skype has announced the availability of the first Skype for Mac starter packs. The packs contain everything needed to get started with Skype for Mac, a USB stereo headset with microphone complete with its own specially-designed carrying case and a voucher for free SkypeOut minutes to call landline or mobile numbers worldwide. Skype’s online hardware store also stocks a wide array of Mac-compatible Skype accessories including Skype Certified™ headsets and USB phones.
About Skype Skype is the world's fastest-growing Internet communication offering, allowing unlimited free voice and video communication between Skype users. Skype is available in 27 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 relation-ships with a growing network of hardware and software providers.
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