The folks over at Skype have just announced the new version of Skype for Windows, Skype 4.0, is now available for download. This updated version offers a number of new and improved features including better video calling, easier-to-manage calls and IMs, improved call quality, and an overhauled interface.
According to the blog post, Skype can now deliver up to 30 frames per second when you’re doing video calls, assuming you have a decent enough broadband connection. (They recommend 400 Kb/s or higher). But even if you have low bandwidth, call quality will remain clear.
Power users will love the new conversations tab which lets you easily switch between video calls, phone calls, IMs, and SMS.
However, for many people, the biggest change in the new Skype will be how it looks – they aren’t kidding when they say the interface has been “radically overhauled.” Anyone who installed Skype on their Windows 7 computer probably already has this new version since Windows 7 pointed users to the Windows 7-compatible Skype Beta (now 4.0) when they went to download the software. The new interface may take a little adjustment, but as someone who uses it daily, I’ve found I prefer the new look-and-feel.
You can download the updated version of Skype from here.