Skype 4.2 for Windows Released as a Beta
Article by George Norman
On 11 Dec 2009
The Gold (or Final) version of Skype 4.1 went live this summer. Since then the Skype development team has been working on the future of Skype, mainly version 4.2. The fruits of this work have been revealed to the public with the release of Skype 4.2 Beta for Windows-powered computers.

“The beta version of Skype 4.2 is now available to download – bringing back call transfer and, most importantly, adding Skype Access. The impatient among you can download it right away,” announced Skype’s Peter Parkes.
Here is what you can expect to get from Skype 4.2 Beta:
  • Skype Access – with Skype Access you can pay for the minute for WiFi access. With a single mouse click you can use your Skype Credit and go online to send an email message or make a Skype call. You no longer have to go searching for your credit card and fiddle with login details to access a WiFi network.
  • Call transfer – this one is pretty self explanatory: you can transfer calls to a Skype contact for free; or you can transfer it to a landline or mobile phone for a small fee.
  • Other bits and pieces – like a new Call Quality indicator, numerous bug fixes, better compatibility with the Windows 7 system tray, the way Skype works with the new taskbar has been enhanced, and a better first run experience.

If you would like to get Skype 4.2 Beta for Windows, a download location is available here.


The current stable version of Skype is Skype 4.1. It comes with the following highlights:
  • Screen Sharing: share your screen with other Skype users.
  • Send contacts: take contacts from your list and send them to other Skype users.
  • Import contacts: import contacts from external address books, including Gmail, Windows Live Hotmail, Yahoo!, AOL and LinkedIn.
  • Birthday reminders: you will receive an alert when it is the birthday of one of your Skype contacts (alert appears at midnight, local time; if you do not use Skype that day, you will not see the alert).
  • Skype browser toolbar improvements.
  • Enhanced call quality.
  • Several bugs have been fixed.

If you would like to get Skype 4.1 for Windows, a download location is available here.

Tags: Skype, Skype 4.2 Beta, Microsoft, Windows
About the author: George Norman
George is a news editor.
You can follow him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter

I Hope you LIKE this blog post! Thank you!
What do YOU have to say about this
blog comments powered by Disqus
Popular News
By George Norman on 17 Aug 2017
With the blockbuster movie season upon us, Sony decided to celebrate the occasion with a sale: the Attack of the Blockbusters Sale that offers discounts of up to 50% (60% if you’re a PlayStation Plus member) on a ton of PS4 video games.
By George Norman on 17 Aug 2017
Samsung’s new T5 portable solid-state drive (PSSD) uses the latest 64-layer V-NAND technology, offers between 250GB and 2TB of storage capacity, has a lightweight and shock-resistant design that’s smaller than the average business card, and delivers industry-leading transfer speeds of up to 540 MB/s.
Related News
By George Norman on 26 Jul 2017
Top-notch real-time protection against viruses doesn’t have to cost money, not if you go with the recently introduced Kaspersky Free antivirus solution. It may not come with a lot of bells and whistles, but it nicely covers all the basics and...
By George Norman on 31 Jul 2017
Microsoft has a new keyboard to offer: the new, premium quality Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID. If you’re not familiar with it, then keep on reading and you’ll uncover pretty much everything there is to know about this keyboard.
By George Norman on 09 Aug 2017
Android started out as an underdog, as the mobile operating system that nobody took seriously. Big-name tech companies laughed it off and critics said it would fail miserably, but Android proved them all wrong and become the powerhouse that it is today.
By George Norman on 31 Jul 2017
Since tomorrow is the first of the month, then it means it’s time to take a look at all the new video games that are going to be released this August.
Sponsored Links
Hot Software Updates
Top Downloads
Become A Fan!
Link To Us!
Skype 4.2 for Windows Released as a Beta
HTML Linking Code