"Dell represents a new distribution channel for Skype," Don Albert, director of business development in North America for Skype, said in a statement. "New products from Dell will complement the breadth of hardware designed for the convenience of Skype callers."
This won't let Skype reach the entire massive audience that compromises Dell's standard desktop users, as the media machines are part of Dell's higher priced lineup that puts them out of the price range that most home users look for. Overall, this shows a continuing trend with Dell to couple with various software partners, such as Google. Unlike many instances where pre-installed software is trial-based or limited, OEM-only versions, Skype is free for PC to PC calls(for a while, at least), which of course no one can disagree with.