Introducing Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows
Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows is now available. We recommend it only for experienced users, as we continue to work on it. [Download here](http://www.skype.com/download/skype/windows/skype3beta.html), and [see this page](https://developer.skype.com/WindowsSkype) to find out how you can give us feedback to improve it.
This will be a major milestone release, comparable in its significance perhaps to Skype video calling that came out about a year ago. Nevermind all the bugfixes and tiny improvements – lots of those too, but we’re also talking some major new things in this release. And here’s what those are.
### New look and feel
This is the first thing that you’ll notice when you first install and run Skype 3.0 beta, and the first major update to Skype’s interface on Windows in a long time. [Read more about the new look and feel in this post.](http://blogs.skype.com/sites/en/2006/11/a_new_face_for_30.html)
### Public chats
Aside from the new interface, Public Chats are one of the most significant new features in this release. So significant, in fact, that they too deserve their own blogpost. [Read more about public chats and other chat improvements.](http://blogs.skype.com/sites/en/2006/11/public_chats_and_chat_improvem.html)
]]>### Browser extensions
Skype now has browser extensions for Internet Explorer and Firefox. You can choose at install time if you want to install these or not. They automatically convert phone numbers on web pages into Skype links. You can simply click them and Skype starts a SkypeOut call to that number.
### Sound settings wizard
It’s now easier to work with sound devices while you’re in a call. [More here.](http://blogs.skype.com/sites/en/2006/11/skype_30_sound_settings_wizard.html)
Want to do more in Skype like play games, share your desktop on calls and use a whiteboard to make notes on Skype calls? [Read more about Extras here.](http://blogs.skype.com/sites/en/2006/11/extras_in_skype_30.html)
### Skypecasts controls
In Skype 3.0, you can browse the current Skypecasts straight in Skype on the Live tab. When you decide to join or host one, the Skypecast itself will run within a separate tab where you have all the host or participant controls to ask for mike, see who’s the host and do all those other things you need to do in a Skypecast. No more clunky popup browser windows
At the same time as we release Skype 3.0 Beta, Skypecasts go from a preview state into a beta state.
### Enterprise compatibility
We’ve gotten a lot of input about how to make Skype more enterprise-friendly, and we have incorporated many of the ideas into Skype 3.0 in the form of our improved enterprise compatibility, easier installation and security features. We will post more information about this as the beta progresses.
UPDATE: the new version of [Skype Guide for Network Administrators](http://www.skype.com/security/guide-for-network-admins-30beta.pdf) is now available from our [security resource center](http://www.skype.com/security/). It is the essential resource for any IT administrator considering the benefits and risks of Skype in a corporate setting, now updated for Skype 3.0 beta.
If you’re an experienced user and want to try out Skype 3.0 beta now, [download it here](http://www.skype.com/download/skype/windows/skype3beta.html). See also [this page](https://developer.skype.com/WindowsSkype) for information about how to report bugs and give us feedback.