Skype pops up on Mac
Beta release of scrummy new features
Skype will be launching a new client tomorrow just for Mac users, which provides screen sharing, bigger avatars and Wi-Fi hotspot access to the ubiquitous VoIP service.
Skype Beta 2.8 for Mac goes into Beta release tomorrow, according to Disruptive Telephony, and offers a range of new features that take the product well beyond VoIP. These include a per-minute Wi-Fi access through Boingo - connections to be charged at around 20 cents a minute - and screen sharing so the person with whom you're communicating can see what's on your screen.
Per-minute Wi-Fi access will appeal to a certain demographic, and having the access billed to one's Skype account is certainly convenient, but screen sharing is probably the most interesting feature. Not only can all, or part, of the screen be shared over a Skype connection but the feature is compatible with previous versions of Skype - a trick it achieves by replacing the optional video stream with whatever is being shared.
The release also adds "moods" which provides Twitter-like updates, which can be linked to your iTunes player if you want everyone to know you're listening to the Mamma Mia soundtrack again. ®
Re: HTML modification
BigglesZX is right. My mom's laptop has Skype and it does modify HTML to phone numbers under IE, but I've never seen it happen under Firefox (maybe it's because I installed Firefox AFTER I installed Skype). My suspicion is that it may not be a Firefox plugin but an IE AxtiveX doing that. If it's appearing in FF, perhaps you installed the ActiveX wrapper plugin?
In any case tho, parents weren't really bothered by that. I don't use Skype myself since it's proxy settings screen on the Linux version is so badly programmed that it puts you into a Catch-22: You need to get Skype connected before you can get to the Proxy setup screen, but to get Skype connected you have to get to the Proxy setup screen to set up your proxy.
On MacOS? about as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike. Unless Skype have done what Apple haven't and managed to hook an RDP-style vectoring driver into the display layer, we are left with the usual, shitty, ARD/VNC bitmapped dinosaur that requires a pipe like the Mersey Tunnel to even work adequately.
Paris, coz you could run ARD down her wide pipe, just.
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