San Francisco (CA) – Skype today announced that it will extend the maximum number of participants in VoIP conference calls. However, the feature will be limited to just those users who own a computer with an Intel dual-core processor.
The feature extension for the VoIP platform is the first result of collaboration between Skype and Intel that was announced in August of last year and the firm’s first move to restrict certain functionality of its platform to a certain hardware brand.
Instead of the maximum number of five callers in one VoIP conference call, Intel and Skype worked together to extend the maximum capacity to ten users in Skype 2.0. Here’s the catch: Users will have to own an Intel dual-core computer – with a Core Duo, Pentium D or Pentium EE processor. Dual core by itself is not enough as AMD dual-core users will still see a maximum of five users in conference calls.
According to a press release, “the two companies plan ongoing, additional feature extensions and optimization of Skype for Intel’s dual-core processors to take further advantage of the high throughput and simultaneous computing capabilities of Intel’s dual-core processor architecture.” For example, there will be a video-calling feature that will be “optimized” for Intel’s dual-core platforms. This feature apparently will be restricted to Intel processors as well as Skype mentions that the feature will bring “free, high-quality video calling to millions of users with Intel processors.”
“We want to make communicating over the Internet simple and accessible,” said Henry Gomez, general manager of Skype North America. “Through our partnership with Intel we can ensure that Skype performs better than any other Internet calling application and drive widespread business and consumer adoption.”