The first result of the joint technical efforts is the availability of free 10-way voice conference calling in Skype 2.0.
The feature is available exclusively for users of Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology-based laptop PCs, and desktop PCs based on Intel Pentium D processors, Pentium Extreme Edition processors, and the recently introduced Intel Viiv technology.
By comparison, AMD platforms can only manage five-way conference calling at present.
Skype and Intel also promised ongoing additional feature extensions and optimisation of Skype for Intel's dual-core processors, and will release video calling optimised for Intel dual-core technology later this year.
The pair will extend the partnership to more Intel-based computing platforms and network environments, including handheld computers as well as Wi-Fi and WiMax wireless networks.
"We want to make communicating over the internet simple and accessible," said Alistair Shrimpton, general manager of Skype UK.
"Through our partnership with Intel we can ensure that Skype performs better than any other internet calling application and drive widespread business and consumer adoption."
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