A beta version of Skype for Macintosh including “video preview” is available. The Mac version is catching up with the Windows version, which has offered one-to-one video conversations (videoconferencing) since version 2.0. This moves one step closer to what the Skype folks are working toward: Cross-platform, one-click global videoconferencing, for free over the Internet.

Skype is currently in version 2.5 for Windows, 1.4 (stable) and 1.5 beta for Mac, and 1.2 for Linux.

The world is flat… today we are audio conferencing with ease with others around the globe, tomorrow we’ll be videoconferencing…..

Has anyone had experiences (good or bad) videoconferencing with Skype yet? The Skype support knowledege base has some good FAQs on videoconferencing with Skype. Technically, Skype just supports “video calls” (which are one-to-one) and not multi-point videoconferences at the current time. But you can bet that just as they have added multi-person audio skypecasts with up to 99 folks, they’ll be adding multi-point videoconferencing in the months to come! I did a short videochat over skype with Dean Shareski and it worked good– the video was not as clear as iChat, but it worked cross platform (Macintosh to Windows).


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