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BizReport : Internet : September 13, 2006

Free Calling for Mac Users

Internet communications company Skype, owned by online auctioneer eBay, has launched a free calling service for Macintosh users. This early version of their web-based calling software lets Mac users place free calls to other online users.

by Kristina Knight

According to the company, “Skype’s new cross platform support allows its extensive international community of more than 113 million users to make free video calls to people across the globe using both Windows and Macintosh computers.”

In addition to seeing the person called on the Skype screen, the program includes a small window so users can see how they appear to the person called. “Connecting seamlessly across Windows and Mac operating systems, Skype for Mac with video offers users free, high-quality video calling regardless of platform. This means that, for the first time ever, Mac users can connect with and view friends, family and colleagues using Windows without downloading any additional software,” the company said today.

Skype seems to be revolutionizing the online community, with more and more hurrying to get the software every day, however, it is used primarily for personal – not business – reasons right now.

The software, Skype for Macintosh 2.0 requires users to have Mac OS X v10.3.9 Panther or newer systems and a G4 or G5 Intel processor.

Tags: eBay, Mac, Macintosh, Skype

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