Skype 2.6 for Windows beta update: Skypecasts controls in client, bandwidth indicator
We just released an update to the Skype 2.6 beta. Download here.
See all the changes in the change log. A couple of things are interesting.
First, the Skypecasts controls are now available directly within Skype, so you don’t need to work with that web popup any more. You still need to join the Skypecast through the web page and the web popup pops up, but after connecting, you can close it, as everything that you need to interact with the Skypecast is straight in the software. If you are the host, you can mute and unmute talkers. If you’re a regular Skypecast member, you can ask for talk and ee how many others are talking or not talking.
There are some known issues in this version with Skypecasts, documented in the changelog.
Another interesting new feature is the bandwidth indicator. You need to enable it in the advanced options. After you do so, a small icon appears on your Skype status bar, indicating the upload and download bandwidths graphically. If you float your mouse over it, you see the consumed bandwidth for upload and download in a tooltip.
For developers, there’s a feature here that has been requested a lot: you can turn off the visible Skype UI through the API now. For more info on this, please stay tuned for updates on our developer zone and the developer blog.