Skype has announced an upgrade to the codec used to support voice calls over its platform that it says will improve quality and clarity.
The update, called Opus, builds on the SILK codec systems introduced in 2009 and is now ready to be rolled out after gaining approval from the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), allowing other firms to embed the codec in their technology.
Karlheinz Wurm, the audio and video product engineering director at Skype, said in a blog post that the firm believes this will help improve VoIP services in use on the web.
"Opus will make a quiet but crystal clear entry into the world - most people will take for granted the high sound fidelity when it arrives in the Skype client, through browsers and gateways, and we hope on mobile phones, game consoles and conference rooms, too," he said.
He added that the firm had developed the new update to streamline switching between different connection methods that users of mobile devices are regularly using and eliminate lost or patchy calls.
"Because Opus was designed for the internet, it can adjust seamlessly on-the-fly between any of its operating modes to adjust to variations in available internet resources, whether moving from 3G to Wi-Fi or competing with the house next door for broadband bandwidth," he said.
"Furthermore, it has multiple mechanisms to deal with and recover from packet loss plaguing the network, making for fewer annoying gaps in conversation and lost moments in your precious calls."
The move comes as Skype becomes part of Microsoft following a $12.5bn acquisition by the Redmond giant, as it looks to boost its conferencing and collaboration services to compete with the likes of Cisco in this market.
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