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In new 2.5, Skype addresses some usability issues

I've often felt that  Skype needed to be more intuitive to set up and use. This is especially true as more users not necessarily gifted with innate software navigational instincts tip their toe in the water by trying Skype.
Written by Russell Shaw, Contributor on
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I've often felt that  Skype needed to be more intuitive to set up and use. This is especially true as more users not necessarily gifted with innate software navigational instincts tip their toe in the water by trying Skype.

Well, Skype took some steps forward early this morning, when the eBay-owned Internet-based calling service introduced their Skype 2.5 beta

The main upside seems to be a series of significant usability improvements, such as:

A country drop-down menu for calling, eliminating that time-consuming, error-prone need to remember country codes; 

Improved payment options with this functionality now better-integrated into Skype's softwar
The ability to send one-way SMS messages from Skype to a mobile number;

Easier contact list distribution, with the ability to add groups of contacts to the Skype accounts of friends and family members and

The ability to start a conference call with one click.

Well, it's a start. There's more that Skype needs to do, but 2.5 is not bad for an upgrade that is more evolutionary than revolutionary. 

 

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