Friday, May 26, 2006

Skype upgrade not mentioned on website

I love Skype, the premier VoIP service recommended #1 by such publications as PC Magazine.

I use Skype to talk on my computer telephone to people, who can be anywhere in the world, for FREE, forever (so far)!

It's easy to download. All you need is an internet microphone (cheap as $10 or $20) and speakers for your computer.

Last few days, I've been getting toolbar popups alerting me to a new version of Skype that reduces security vulnerabilities. I click out the box, to deal with it later. But now I am ready to download the new upgrade. So I go to the Skype website. I see nothing about any new version to download.

I check "Announcements", "Knowledgebase", other pages in the site. Nothing. Mute.

I don't think the "new version" is a scam, like a phishing or spoofing. I think rather that Skype needs to address the upgrade on their website.


Hello. We’re Skype and we’ve got something we would like to share with you.

Skype is a simple bit of software we want to share with you.

It lets you make free calls to your Skype-using friends all over the world.

It also lets you make free calls within the US and Canada to mobiles and landlines till the end of the year. International calls to landlines and mobile phones can be made with SkypeOut (as long as you call from within the US and Canada).

International calls are not free, but they are pretty cheap.

Skype in a nutshell.

Our free software is quick and easy to get started with. Download, register, install, plug in your headset, speakers or USB phone and start calling your friends. The calls have excellent sound quality and are highly secure with end-to-end encryption. You don’t even need to configure your firewall or router or any other networking gear. It just, you know … works.

Bridging the gap.

Logos for the platforms Skype works on: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Pocket PC.Skype works on Windows, as well as on Mac OS X, Linux and PDAs using Pocket PC, with a native look and feel for each platform. Talking, sending instant messages or even large file transfers between different platforms work like a charm.

Calling regular phone numbers.

You can make free calls within the US and Canada to both landlines and mobile phones until the end of the year. It’s really easy; there are no contract fees, no line rentals. All you need is Skype and a phone number you want to call.

If that wasn’t enough, we have a little thing called SkypeOut which lets you make international calls to old-fashioned phone numbers. From landlines to mobile phones... it works with almost all of them. SkypeOut calls abroad are not free, but they’re pretty cheap, actually. Please read our Terms of Service regarding using this product.

You can also forward your Skype calls to a traditional phone or mobile phone. Again, if it’s within the US and Canada then it’s a free service. If a call is forwarded to international number then standard SkypeOut rates apply.

Make sure you’re on the same page.
An ongoing Skype file transfer.

You know how Skype-to-Skype calls are free and work right?

Well, we’ve taken the same recipe and applied it to file transfers. Since most things you want your friends to see tend to be rather large, we made our file transfer work with all the file sizes your operating system can handle. For most people, that’s between 2 or 4 gigabytes. And remember, it works from Windows to Mac to Linux and the other way around. No platform problems here.

All Skype calls are encrypted.
Nobody’s listening in.

When it comes to talking, instant messaging or transferring files, we’ve gone to great lengths to make it secure. Skype automatically encrypts everything before sending it through the internet. Likewise, on arrival everything is decrypted on-the-spot and presented as crystal clear voice, text or a file transfer nobody can intercept.

Skype calls are in excellent quality, better than regular phones.

Yes, you heard it right.

All the security in the world wouldn’t matter, though, if you couldn’t hear the other person. With Skype, you can.

We’re working with the very best in the industry to provide a sound quality far superior to what you’re used to from ordinary telephones.

If you will bear with us for a moment here we’d like to share some technical stuff with you: with normal telephones you can only hear sounds from 300 Hz to 3 kHz. Not so with Skype; we’re all over the spectrum, from the lowest hum to the highest screech. In other words: ‘F’ and ‘S’ will sound like the two different letters they were meant to, and in the end you will be able to have a much more natural conversation.

You and up to four other people can have a conference on Skype.Getting the words out.

That also goes for conferences too. It’s completely secure for you and up to four others to get together to coordinate tactics in a game, make one of those important business decisions or simply have a chat, even if you’re all on different continents.

Skype Global User Directory
Needle. Haystack. Solution.

Searching for those long-lost relatives or just somebody to have a quick chat with is also part of what Skype is all about. We have what we call a Global User Directory. It’s a giant phonebook of all the people who use Skype. You can use it to search for people you’d like to talk to, people who have the same birthday or people who just happen to live in the same street as you.

Is anybody out there?

When you find somebody you know or even someone you would like to know, you add them to your list of contacts. You can also write a little note to let them know who you are and why you want to add them to your list. Handy, if your separated-at-birth-twin finds you on Skype. When people are on your list, you can see if they are online, offline, busy... or perhaps out to lunch.

You can send instant messages with Skype.
When actual, spoken words fail you.

Did we mention that you can also send instant messages with Skype? Well, you can. That’s nice for when you’re talking about a website and you want to send that really long address or if you’re writing a song maybe. Either way, you can send one of those little smiley faces along with your message. Smile to the world and the world smiles back.


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