New software for the Skype internet telephony service allows users to record their phone conversations and save them on their computer as digital multimedia files.

Moscow-based ExtraLabs Software has released its Skype Recorder v.1.2 for download on its website. The company describes the recorder as an easy-to-use tool that can "record Skype calls automatically".

According to ExtraLabs, the program will start recording phone calls the minute you begin talking through Skype. After your call is finished, it will then convert the call to a digital file of the user's choosing, be it MP3, WMA, OGG or WAV. The recorder operates on all versions of Windows - from 95 through to Vista - and on all versions of Skype.

"We have been engaged in the development of RSS and Skype technologies for five years already and we know what our customers need," says Andy Cheiney, the head of the marketing department at ExtraLabs.

The Skype recorder is available on ExtraLabs' website for us$13.96 (£7) for a single computer licence.