Skype offers Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity

Skype has announced a new version of its VoIP client for Windows - version 4.2. The upgrade brings a host of improvements, but the most notable is a feature called Skype Access - which lets you connect to Skype on more than 100,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the world.

Instead of paying through your credit card, users are instead able to use their Skype Credit to pay for web access by the minute, saving you the expense of signing up for 60 minutes when you just need to make a quick phone call. Elsewhere, there's also call quality improvements, and the ability to make HD calls.

The call transfer feature has also been brought back, and there's the usual round of bug fixes and performance enhancements. It's available now, though hasn't been rolled out as an automatic update yet, so if you want to be the first on your block to be running it, then head over to the download site.