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Skype 3.0 Beta Ships

Right on time (alright, a little early at 7:30 AM, even!) this morning the Skype 3.0 beta was up for download.  Initial impressions?

  • Pretty new UI, with lots of functionality exposed.  For example, want to add someone to a call that’s already in progress?  There’s now a pull-down widget that you can do this with.
  • The Extra’s gallery has a great selection of companies with complementary products ranging from games to business applications like Unyte.
  • The Skype Live chat system is now built into the tabs.  Nice. 
  • Call transfer?  It might be there, but so far I haven’t seen the UI, or had an incoming call that I can try this feature with, nor is there any documentation of new API’s on the DevZone blog.
  • Outlook integration is installed, standard, as part of the upgrade.  However, it doesn’t work with Outlook 2007.  A surprising omission, given that Outlook 2007 beta has been out for months, that it went gold yesterday, and will be shipping by END OF THIS MONTH.   

Here’s a shot of the xtra’s gallery, which is the new storefront for Skype Plug-In’s.

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