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Skype 2.0 Beta: Where's the Beef?

The Skype 2.0 Beta is out, and you can download it here.  According to the press release, the new features are:

  • Skype Video – Although I have a long standing opinion that most people don’t use video once they’ve tried it (look – Grandpa has a nice forehead today, doesn’t he?), this is a big change from previous versions. 
  • Simplified user interface – it is prettier. I’ll give you that.
  • Self-expression – Great for the teeny-boppers, I guess. 
  • Personalization – avatars and ringtones.  Hasn’t this been part of the last few releases?
  • See your contacts’ time zones – Again, hasn’t this been in a number of releases prior?
  • Group your contacts – useful, and it’s about time. 
  • Real-time contact search – again, useful, and it’s about time.
  • Skype toolbar for Microsoft Outlook – hasn’t this been part of prior releases?

Skype Journal has a more complete changelog.  There are some new APIs as well. 

Am I missing something?  This feels like a 1.x release, not a 2.0.

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