Updated Skype patches critical and brings high quality video

Summary:After the long and embarrassing Skype global outage in August, you would think Skype would want to avoid further PR disasters.  But now we find out that Skype patches high-risk flaw but didn't warn the public for a month.

After the long and embarrassing Skype global outage in August, you would think Skype would want to avoid further PR disasters.  But now we find out that Skype patches high-risk flaw but didn't warn the public for a month.  Skype is a killer-app that is here to stay in the home and even business world and it is still the best-of-breed VoIP and video conferencing applications on the planet, but the public wants full transparency on these incidents.  Covering up these things just turn a minor disaster it to a big one and it's going to hurt Skype in the long run.

On the bright side, I've updated my version of Skype to 3.6.0.216 and I was pleasantly surprised by improved video conferencing quality in the update.  To get improved video quality, you must have a dual-core processor, minimum 384 kbps upstream/downstream Internet, and a premium Logitech camera like the QuickCam Pro 9000 (I am an impressed owner).

Update 12/13/2007 - Skype updated to version 3.6.0.244 yesterday.  It's getting hard to keep track of these updates one after another.

Topics: Hardware, Collaboration, Processors, Social Enterprise

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George Ou, a former ZDNet blogger, is an IT consultant specializing in Servers, Microsoft, Cisco, Switches, Routers, Firewalls, IDS, VPN, Wireless LAN, Security, and IT infrastructure and architecture.

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