As the UK breaks up for the school holidays, Skype is pushing a feature from its most recent updates, 4.1 for Windows and 2.8 for Mac, as ideal for sharing holiday pictures.

"Sharing memories first hand can be tricky with family and friends often located around the globe", says Skype, perhaps unaware of the plethora of photo sharing websites and services across the Net, and recommends its "screen sharing" functionality as a way to do it.

Screen sharing allows Skype users to let others see what is on their screen, by calling another Skype contact and showing all or part of their screen to the other person, "at no cost".

Of course the added bonus with screen sharing over static albums is that people can talk friends and family through their holiday snaps and video clips, providing what Skype calls "an interactive photo album experience".