Looking to chat to a bunch of mates around the world, simultaneously, for free? Skype
have announced that the latest version of their free VoIP software can now support up to 10 people in a conference call. There are, however, some catches.
The bad news is that this function will only work if you have a dual-core Intel processor: a Pentium D
or a Core Duo. It seems the Boys in Blue wanted to put one over the Guys in Green and have done a deal for a period of exclusivity on the new functionality. If you run an single or dual-core AMD Athlon 64, or any other single-core processor, you will be limited to five simultaneous users.
Henry Gomez, general manager of Skype North America, said the 10-way calling feature will be exclusive to Intel's chips for a limited time, but would not comment on when this exclusive agreement would expire, therefore allowing Intel's rivals to catch up.
One question on our minds is this: will Skype for Mac OS X support 10-way on the new Core Duo MacBook Pro
? At the time of reporting, nobody appears to know.
Have Skype shot themselves in the foot with this deal, or is it all fuss over nothing - how often would you need to conference call with more than five people anyway? Let your feelings be known in our News Discussion forum