updated 11:10 am EDT, Wed August 15, 2007
Skype 2.7 beta released
A new beta version of the Skype VoIP application has been released for Mac OS X. New to v2.7 is the ability to sort contacts into an unlimited number of groups, including both user-defined ones and pre-made categories such as Online and Waiting Authorization. Users can now also create public chats, auto-redial busy or unconnected numbers, and transfer multiple files with fewer performance problems. A specific Mac OS X addition is the ability to view Address Book contacts within Skype, to whom users can make calls or send text messages. Skype itself is free, but calling landline phones requires a paid subscription. The beta can be downloaded here. On Monday, Shape Services debuted Skype for iPhone, finally bringing the software to Apple's latest platform.