Here are some key features of "Skype":
· Make free calls to anyone else on Skype, anywhere in the world
· See who you are talking to with free video calls
· Chat with up to 100 people in group chats
· Conference call with up to four people for free
· Call ordinary phones with SkypeOut
· Superior sound quality
· Works with all firewall, NAT and routers ? nothing to configure!
· Friends list shows you when your Skype friends are online and ready to talk or chat
· Super-simple and easy to use
· Your calls are encrypted "end-to-end" in order to safeguard your privacy
· Based on cutting edge peer-to-peer technology developed by the creators of Kazaa and Joltid
· Windows XP required for video calls
· Internet connection (broadband is best, GPRS is not supported for voice calls, and results may vary on a satellite connection).
· Speakers and microphone - built-in or separate.
· A webcam, if you want to make video calls.
· We also recommend that you have at least 400 MHz processor, 128 MB RAM and 15 MB free disk space on your hard drive.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Skype to Facebook instant messaging
· New and updated emoticons
· New login experience
· Improved call controls
· Improved video calling reliability
· Simplified installer flow
· Avatar selection improved
· Video snapshot capture improvements
· Changed group conversations profile area
· Plus several bug fixes
Reasons why this program is marked as ad-supported:
· Offers to download or install software or components (such as browser toolbars) that the program does not require to fully function