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Skype 4.0 beta version released

Skype, the popular internet telephone program, looks set for an overhaul with the first beta version of Skype 4.0 released today. The new look Skype offers visual and organizational improvements as well software for checking the user's audio and visual quality.

According to TechCrunch the new look Skype is primarily designed around the idea of video calling. The interface is now full-screen as opposed to Skype 's characteristic narrow interface. This means better functionality with the program's options easier to navigate.

Users can also directly import contacts from Outlook Express, Hotmail and Yahoo Mail (although not Gmail) into Skype 4.0, which will save hours of random searching for your friends. All in all it looks as if Skype 4.0 is a step forward for anyone who regularly uses the service.

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