Intel and Skype team up

Chip giant Intel and VoIP specialist Skype have teamed up to offer users free 10-way conference calls.

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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  February 12, 2006

Chip giant Intel and VoIP specialist Skype have teamed up to offer users free 10-way conference calls. This new feature will be available in version 2.0 (and future versions) of Skype. Intel also claims that 10-way conferences will only be possible if the user has a PC equipped with its Core Duo or Pentium D processors, both of which are dual-core chips. “If you are using Skype version 2.0 or higher and an Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology-based laptop PC or an Intel Pentium D processor-based desktop PC, you can now conference up to ten people at the same time,” Intel’s web page states. Skype is also said to be working on adding Intel specific dual-core optimizations to its already present video-calling feature. “Through our partnership with Intel we can ensure that Skype performs better than any other Internet calling application and drive widespread business and consumer adoption,” said Alistair Shrimpton, general manager of Skype UK, in a statement issued to www.eet.com. Though AMD also has dual-core processors, Intel claims the optimizations are presently coded so they only take advantage of their own dual-core CPUs. However, speculation about hacks that will enable the features to work on AMD dual-core chips is already running rampant on online web forums and news sites. Skype’s web site is currently blocked for users of Etisalat’s internet services. This action was taken by Etisalat in May last year, in accordance with the UAE’s telecom regulator. However, users living in Emaar properties or working in free zones such as Jebel Ali, Dubai Media City and Internet City can still access the web site through DIC Telecom.

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