Skype has released a new version of its peer-to-peer internet telephony application for Windows.
Version 1.4 of the software allows users to forward incoming calls to a fellow Skype account for free, or to an ordinary telephone number at a small charge.
The software has added customisation features including ring-tones and downloadable premium pictures. Ring-tones cost upwards of €1 and are offered through partners.
The new version also offers a tool that will import contacts from Outlook. The software already offered toolbars for Outlook that allow users to place Skype calls directly from the application.
Skype claims to have made it even easier to install the software by adding a 'getting started wizard'.
In addition to allowing users to make free phone calls to fellow Skype users as well as calls to regular telephone numbers at a charge, Skype also acts as an instant messaging client and file transfer tool.
The new version is available for download here or through the software's update feature.
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