Skype and Intel push converged communications for SMBs

Internet-based communications company Skype and Intel are collaborating to optimise Skype for Intel dual-core processor-based PCs. The move is part of a strategy to enhance voice and video over the internet.

Internet-based communications company Skype and Intel are collaborating to optimise Skype for Intel dual-core processor-based PCs. The move is part of a strategy to enhance voice and video over the internet.

The first result of their joint technical efforts is the availability of free, 10-way voice conference calling in Skype 2.0, claimed to be an industry first for peer-to-peer internet calling. The new feature is available exclusively for users with Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology-based laptops, and desktop PCs based on Intel Pentium D processors, Pentium Extreme Edition processors, and the recently introduced Intel Viiv technology.

The two companies plan ongoing, additional feature extensions and optimisation of Skype to take further advantage of the high throughput and simultaneous computing capabilities of Intel’s dual-core processor architecture.

Later this year, Skype will release video calling optimised for Intel dual-core technology. Intel and Skype say they share a common vision to enable Skype to function seamlessly across a wide variety of Intel-based computing platforms and network environments, including handheld computers as well as Wi-Fi and WiMax wireless networks.

“We want to make communicating over the internet simple and accessible,” says Alistair Shrimpton, general manager of Skype UK. “Through our partnership with Intel we can ensure that Skype performs better than any other internet calling application and drive widespread business adoption.”

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