Skype today has announced the availability of its free, Skype for Windows Version 1.0 software, which enables voice calls via the Internet. Skype 1.0 includes SkypeOut, a new service that allows Skype users to pre-pay and call any phone number in the world. SkypeOut is also available in the latest beta versions of PocketSkype and Skype for Linux.

The minimum pre-pay for SkypeOut is 10 Euro and call pricing starts at 1.7 Euro cents per minute, approximately $.02, for the 22 countries currently included in the Skype Global Rate. Outside the Global Rate, pricing varies by country. Pricing is subject to change.

Skype 1.0 Free Features at a glance:

- Conference calling - enables simultaneous and seamless voice communication between groups of up to five friends, family or colleagues
- Global Directory - the user-built global Skype contacts directory with numerous search options and an easy add-a-contact tool
- Tracking - call and message tracking
- Customization - MyPicture image display, ring tones, call alert options
- File transfer - the ability to send and receive files via Skype and education and warning regarding virus potentials with file attachments
- Mobility - login into Skype account on more than one PC anywhere in the world.
- Multiple Skype accounts on one PC
- Instant messaging & more (IM at end of list due to and more point)

Skype Version 1 is available immediately for download and works on any Windows 2000/XP PC with a 400 MHz processor, a headset, or microphone and speakers. Skype Version 1 is available primarily in English, with other language versions following rapidly.