Skype, an Internet telephony company, has launched Skype for Windows version 1.2 (v 1.2) with enhanced user benefits including a centralized Contacts list, which allows users access to their list of contacts from multiple devices from wherever they connect to Skype, and a new 'Getting Started Wizard,' which is designed to make finding friends, importing contacts and making test calls easier.
Skype for Windows v 1.2 offers several features requested by Skype users, including remote access to contacts from any Internet-connected PC or other Skype client in the world. In earlier versions of Skype, the contacts lists was stored locally; the new central contacts list expands user options and allow one to Skype with their existing contacts from multiple locations and platforms. The latest version also allows users to import contacts from other desktop services and applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, MSN Messenger and Opera.
The latest version enhancements are intended to make downloading and using Skype even simpler for new users. The 'Getting Started Wizard' appears as soon as the client launches and acts as a one-click launch pad to Skype's frequently-used functions, such as importing contacts, searching Skype's global user directory, editing personal profiles, configuring privacy settings, making test calls, and accessing online help. Skype has simultaneously launched a new 'Help' section on the company Web site to increase the ability of users to find information online and access email-based support. Additional new benefits in Skype for Windows v1.2 include multiple file transfer, updated sounds, and more customizable settings. Skype continues to provide chat, conference calling for up to 5 participants, cross-platform communications, and presence and personalization features.
Skype for Windows v1.2 is available immediately for download. Skype for Windows v 1.2 enables SkypeIn and Skype Voicemail services - both presently in beta testing. Skype for Windows v 1.2 works on Windows 2000/XP PCs with a 400 MHz processor, and requires a headset, Skype compatible phone, or a microphone and speakers.