Curated by: Luigi Canali De Rossi

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Skype Launches Version One

Skype has just announced the official launch of its final version 1.0 release. The very popular and free Voice-over-IP software has recruited over 7 million users around the world in just about one year since its first release.

The new official release consolidates all of the great features introduced before while adding the new SkypeOut service/facility and some other great new tools. With it, Skype users can dial-out from their PC to any telephone number (landline or mobile) in the world at local call rates simply by subscribing to a pre-paid service Skype has just introduced.

The new Skype version 1 introduces also file transfers of up to 2 gigabytes among other software enhancements. Skype offers excellent ease-of-use and outstanding quality on good high-bandwidth connection lines. Skype integrates instant messaging, conference calling, and a public directory of users (it is optional to show up in there).

Skype has some great privacy features, and encrypts all live voice and data communications. It works on PCs, Linux and PocketPC computers. The new just released free version 1.0 is immediately downloadable.

Release notes.


Pricing Note:
The minimum pre-pay for SkypeOut is 10 Euro and call pricing starts at 1.7 Euro cents per minute, approximately $.02, for the 22 countries currently included in the Skype Global Rate. Outside the Global Rate, pricing varies by country. Pricing is subject to change. For the complete destination pricing list see

Skype 1.0 Key (Free) Features:

  • Conference calling - enables simultaneous and seamless voice communication between groups of up to five friends, family or colleagues

  • Global Directory - the user-built global Skype contacts directory with numerous search options and an easy add-a-contact tool
  • Tracking - call and message tracking
  • Customization - MyPicture image display, ring tones, call alert options
  • File transfer - the ability to send and receive files via Skype and education and warning regarding virus potentials with file attachments
  • Mobility - login into Skype account on more than one PC anywhere in the world.
  • Multiple Skype accounts on one PC
  • Instant messaging



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posted by Robin Good on Tuesday, July 27 2004, updated on Tuesday, May 5 2015

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