In October, Skype 2.0 for Mac was released, the first full release of Skype with video for Macintosh, and in December, Skype announced a new pricing structure, with connection fees for all Skype Out calls.
In 2006, a feature called "Skypecasting" was introduced as a beta.
however, the software continues to be licensed and operated by Skype Technologies.
and Skype Limited) is a telecommunications company headquartered in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg and Redmond, Washington, United States, whose chief business is the manufacturing and marketing of the instant messaging computer software program Skype, and various Internet telephony services associated with it.
It allowed recordings of Skype voice over IP voice calls and teleconferences to be used as podcasts.
Skypecasting remained in beta until it was discontinued on 1 September 2008.
Skype 188.8.131.52 (beta) for Mac OS X released adding availability of contacts in the Mac Address Book to the Skype contact list, auto redial, contact groups, public chat creation, and an in-window volume slider in the call window.
During several days in August, Skype users were unable to connect to full Skype network in many countries In November, there was controversy when it was announced that users allocated certain London 020 numbers (specifically those beginning '7870') would lose them, after negotiations with the provider of this batch of numbers broke down.
Skypecasts hosted public conference calls for up to 100 people at a time.
Unlike ordinary Skype p2p conference calls, Skypecasts supported moderation features suitable for panel discussions, lectures, and town hall forums. Throughout 2007, updates (3.1, 3.2 and 3.5) added new features including Skype Find, Skype Prime, Send Money (which allowed users to send money via Pay Pal from one Skype user to another), video in mood, inclusion of video content in chat, call transfer to another person or a group, and auto-redial.
Many users and observers had commented on the high rate of dropped calls and the difficulty reconnecting dropped calls.
Updates including versions for the Sony PSP hand-held gaming system, version 2.0 for Linux with support for video-conferencing.
Skype was later acquired by Microsoft in May 2011 for .5 billion.