Video Skype finally rolled out – PC only!

Skype today launched their Skype 2.0 application, complete with video calling capabilities!

I’m a little confused, though because although Skype refer to the application as Skype 2.0 in their press release, it is called Skype 1.4 on the Mac download page. Ok, just downloaded Skype 1.4 Beta for Mac OS X and I can’t find any video capabilities 😦

And me with my new iSight built in to my shiny new iMac g5 and all 😦

Yet again we find a software company releasing a product with PC only code – with even Robrt Scoble admitting that the number of influencers who own Macs is way out of proportion, this strategy is not wise.

UPDATE:
It seems the new version of Firefox (version 1.5) has a bug in it which kills OS X on G5 Macs – if you have a G5 Mac, hold off on installing.

11 thoughts on “Video Skype finally rolled out – PC only!”

  1. “Yet again we find a software company releasing a product with PC only code – with even Robrt Scoble admitting that the number of influencers who own Macs is way out of proportion, this strategy is not wise.”

    Get over yourself Tom. Honestly, whatever about being”influencers” a load of you Mac users are egotistical whiners 🙂

  2. @hostyle

    Get over yourself Tom

    Who said I was talking about myself here hostyle – I would never consider myself an influencer. When Scoble made that comment he was referring to Om Malik and bloggers of that ilk. People like that with a readership in the tens of thousands are influencers – and many of them use Macs – why annoy them?

    @Dave,

    where are the posts demanding that iChat AV be released for the PC

    I dunno, where are the posts demanding that iChat AV be released for PC? Not having a PC, I’m not about to make that post. In any case, I don’t use iChat and I suspect most Mac users are the same – I use both Adium and Skype.

  3. I demand that iChat AV be released for the PC immediately. Failure to do so will require me to boot up the G3 again sometime in the future!

    That was a jest (as was my previous jibe). As maca says though it *is* just a beta thus far. IMO its far easier test new software on a larger scale by sticking with PCs at the beginning – and not just because of marketshare when you consider the amount of differing hardware setups in the PC world (and pretty much all Mac hardware combinations can be found in PCs (bar the processsor – and that’ll change soon too)). That said, this is what you can expect from proprietary software solutions – the vendor gets to choose who to release to and support. If it was an Open Source solution, you could most likely check out the source and compile it yourself to check out the beta – if you wanted. With proprietary software thats never an option.

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  5. I would likea definitive answer regarding when skype will be compatible witgh ISight…no “soon”, no “at the end of december” etc. Skype is great but ISIGHT is better…why would skype develop a program for an inferior system

  6. Skype will be releasing a version which will run iSight in the next month or two. I have a mate that works for eBay and he’s been asked to test a new Mac version.

    He won’t give me a copy (yet) but i’ll carry on trying to get it off him!

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