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Skype 2.7 beta adds Address Book features

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.




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  1. TheSnarkmeister

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    WARNING!!!

    Potential users should be forewarned, Skype (parent company eBay) imports your Address Book contacts upon the initial launch of this version without asking users permission to do so. There are preference options for turning this behavior off, but apparently the preference for importing is shipped turned on by default, which defeats the purpose of giving users a choice. Even more annoying, once your Address Book contacts are imported, there is apparently no way to delete (or edit) them. It is unclear if Skype is also uploading the user's Address Book data to their servers in the process. If Skype is doing that, such slickery data acquisition methods should be both illegal, and grounds for an immediate boycott of the company. Can anyone else elaborate further on what they have experienced with this version? Skype has been increasingly viral since it was purchase by eBay; this version may be the step that pushes it beyond the brink into the realm of malware. Until more is known, users should approach this version cautiously.

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