Expressivo 1.4.2 from IVO Software integrates speaking capability into Skype functions. As Skype has grown from just a cheap way to make calls, they have added features such as IM and video calling. Now, with Expressivo, Skype has the ability to inform users when friends log in without having to check the screen.
While Skype can now read instant messages, it can’t receive dictation. (still waiting…) Even though this will be of no small consequence to the eyesight impaired, it will have its uses for the casual user too. The ability to let your computer do the talking from time to time will surely have its applications. The promo video shows a dude getting a to-do list from his girlfriend, but I imagine there are more fun uses than that.