skype-logoSkype, the popular Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service has launched a new version for Windows.

In a non-too-shocking move, Skype has launched an updated version of their software for Windows.  We say it isn’t too surprising since Mac users recently got a new version, but what is surprising is that the Windows version is lacking the much loved screen sharing support that Macs got.  Perhaps this will be in a future update?

Ignoring that little nit pick, the new version of the software does deliver in some much needed approvements such as improved call quality.  They are reportedly accomplishing this via a built-in bandwidth manager that will attempt to give you the best settings possible.  They also say the video quality has been improved due to this for video calls, but still recommend you be on a 400 kb/s connection with a high quality webcam for the best results.  There is one caveat to this improved quality in that their blog post on the subject mentions”compatible hardware”, but gives you no clue to what exactly that is.

The most notable, and immediate difference is the change to the user interface (UI).  You can still select the compact view most people are used to, but the new UI does feel a lot more spacious and gives you more controls.

skype screen

The last major improvement istabbed conversations and calls that make it easier for you to switch back and forth, and also hold multiple conversations at once.  Not something I have ever found to be that necessary, but it is now included.

You can download the latest version of the software here, and let us know if you do see marked improvements.  With the persistant rumors that eBay may be looking to sell off Skype, it will be interesting to see if this has any effect on the online auction company changing their mind, or just simply looking to make a better deal.

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