Skype Releases Beta Client With a Whole New Look

rated by 0 users
This post has 3 Replies | 0 Followers

Top 10 Contributor
Posts 25,861
Points 1,172,050
Joined: Sep 2007
ForumsAdministrator
News Posted: Wed, Jun 18 2008 9:11 AM

The folks over at Skype are hoping that you want to be a beta tester. Starting today, Skype 4.0 Beta 1 for Windows goes into public beta, and there are a number of significant changes in the new version. 

The most noticeable transformation from the existing client to the new beta is a much lager default video window for video calls. (Skype estimates that about 25 percent of current Skype users use the software's video calling feature.) The user interface is being reworked a bit as well to make it easier to "resize and move your own video window around the screen" and to position your IM conversation window next to the video window. Also, instead of spreading all of your conversations across a multitude of Windows, the new interface now attempts to better organize the variety of concurrent conversations and tasks into a single window. If you want, however, you can still spread your conversations across multiple windows. The last big change is that the software now automatically detects when "Skype Certified hardware" is connected, such as USB headsets.


Not all the planned features are implemented yet in this beta. For instance, "full history and contact groups" are not enabled yet. A complete list of the yet-be-enabled features, such as speed dial and the ability to turn alerts off is located here.

Sten Tamkivi, General Manger of Skype Estonia (Skype's development team is based in Estonia). mentioned in his personal blog that he's "been using internal versions of the next generation client primarily for almost half a year now." He also implores users to "start giving feedback on things you like and things you don't. This multi-stage beta program of a radical redesign is very special for Skype, so I promise you - feedback will be listened to and even slicker beta 2 will follow." The request for user feedback is reiterated on the official Skype blog page as well.

Users looking to get their hands on the Skype 4.0 Beta 1 for Windows can download it from here here.



  • | Post Points: 50
Top 150 Contributor
Posts 636
Points 9,140
Joined: May 2008
Location: Worcester, MA
SqUiD267 replied on Wed, Jun 18 2008 9:38 AM
Thats pretty cool, I always enjoy when programs get a redesign.

AMD Athlon X2 5000+ (Thanks to HH)

DFI Lanparty DK 790 FX

EVGA 8800 GT 512 mb

2 GB of G.Skill RAM

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 5,053
Points 60,700
Joined: May 2008
Location: U.S.
Moderator
3vi1 replied on Wed, Jun 18 2008 11:01 AM
Meanwhile, the Linux version is still stuck at 2.0. :(

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

++++++++++++[>++++>+++++++++>+++>+<<<<-]>+++.>++++++++++.-------------.+++.>---.>--.

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 33
Points 1,315
Joined: May 2008
NewYorkDan replied on Wed, Jun 18 2008 11:48 AM
And the Mac client is only at version 2.7.
  • | Post Points: 5
Page 1 of 1 (4 items) | RSS