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Skype 4.2 beta for Windows adds call transfer, Chrome browser plugin

Skype 4.2 beta
Skype has released a new beta version of its internet communication client. Skype 4.2 beta for Windows includes a number of minor improvements and a couple of major new features including the ability to transfer calls.

You can transfer calls to any of your Skype contacts for free. You'll have to pay SkypeOut rates if you transfer a call to a mobile phone or landline.

There's also a call quality indicator, improved functionality with the Winodws 7 taskbar and system tray, and improvements to the contact importing utility. Now that the Google Chrome web browser supports plugins, Skype has also added a Chrome plugin to its list of browser tools. Firefox and Internet Explorer plugins were already available.

In other news, Skype also introduced a beta version of its chat and VoIP client for Symbian smartphones today. The software supports a number of Nokia phones running Symbian Series 60 software. You'll need 6MB of free space on your phone to install Skype for Symbian.

The Symbian client supports Skype to Skype calling, receiving calls at your Skype number, making SkypeOut calls, instant messaging, and sending and receiving data. Skype for Symbian works over WiFi or 3G data connections, but it'll eat up a fair bit of bandwidth so it might be cheaper just to make old fashioned phone calls on your mobile plan unless you have an unlimited bandwidth plan.

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