Among other extras, this new version includes two all-new features: The first lets you use your Skype credit to pay for Boingo Wi-Fi hotspots on a minute-by-minute basis. So, forget having to fork over $10 just to send a quick message off to your loved one or business partner. Now you can do it for actual small change--just US$0.19/minute.
You can also now do screen sharing with other Skype users. Of course, iChat has had this feature for awhile now, but iChat can't do cross-platform screen sharing so you can help out your Windows/Linux friends. There are some limitations at the moment, though: for example, while you can share your screen with your buddies on Windows and Linux, you can't yet see their screens. But really: who wants to look at a Windows or Linux screen when you've got your Mac in front of you?
You can download the new 2.8 beta here, so feel free to give it a spin and let us know how it works out for you.
[via Wired Epicenter]
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