Skype has launched version 1.0 of its software-based VoIP client for Mac OS X and Linux, doubling the number of software platforms on which it runs.
The application was previously available only on systems running Windows or Pocket PC. The development comes after Skype published a first beta for Linux late June last year, followed by a beta for Apple's OS X in August.
The service is by far the most popular VoIP application, boasting over 23 million users worldwide, allowing users to make phone calls for free from their computers within the Skype network.
It also offers the SkypeOut calling service, connecting users to regular phone numbers at competitive rates, along with presence awareness, instant messaging and file transfer.
Although the addition of Mac OS and Linux gives Skype access to the entire market for laptop and desktop computers, the company promised to add even more platforms in the future.
"We will remain committed to innovation and will continue to expand platform choice," Skype chief executive Niklas Zennström said in a statement.
In a recent interview with vnunet.com, Zennström said that he will add mobile devices such as Wi-Fi enabled smartphones to his product line up.
A premium service dubbed SkypeIn is expected soon which will allow users to receive incoming calls from a regular telephone. Skype is also expected to add voicemail and other premium features in the future.
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