A new version of the communications suite Skype has been released today. Just head over to the Skype homepage and download the version for your operating system. Skype 3.0 introduces some new features and bugfixes, please take a look at the release notes if you are curious about them. The interface has seen some slight changes and some new features like public chat have been introduced.
I would not say that Skype made a big step forward, cant see many other changes yet. Sure there are some new emoticons and stuff like that but this is not that important I think. In case you do not know Skype I decided to list the main features of it.
Support of Windows, Mac and Linux
Talk or chat with your buddies using Skype and a microphone (for voice chat)
Cheap calls to (mobile) phones worldwide
Send files using Skype
Im using Skype mainly to see when my buddies come online. I know that instant messengers do the same but I never got used to one of those.