As I report over at APC, Skype is hoping to have the final version of its 4.0 release for Windows out in February. While it won't boast the costly Wi-Fi and screen sharing features of the recently announced Mac client, it will offer a new improved codec and the integrated large-screen interface that has provoked plenty of comment from users. By Skype's reckoning, only a tiny minority of users have tested out the beta, so it'll be interesting to see how it scales up across the general Skype population.
Skype 4.0 Due To Go Gold In February
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