CounterPath Corp. (, a provider of desktop and mobile voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) software solutions, has updated Bria, its multimedia communications softphone, Bria, to version 3.1. One of the most significant additions to the update is support for multiple accounts.

With Bria 3.1, users now can select on the fly which account to use for voice, IM and HD video calling, whether it’s over a wired or wireless IP network, including 3G/4G and Wi-Fi. The new version also features an enhanced, streamlined user interface (UI) that enhances Bria’s expanded conferencing features, including additional multi-tasking options when multiple audio and/or video calls are in progress. Bria 3.1 also supports server-based conference calling using Bria’s built-in native contact list and call manager.

Available for Mac and Windows systems, Bria’s new features include high-definition (HD) video, user customization, presence alert and additional troubleshooting tools, all designed to enhance the overall user experience and the enterprise feature set. Version 3.0 is the first CounterPath softphone based on Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and .net for Windows, and Cocoa for Mac.

Bria 3.0 was the first version of Bria available for Mac. According to some analyst firms, approximately 80% of businesses have Macs on their network, while Mac shipments across the consumer and enterprise markets grew a total of 24% in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Bria is based on open industry standards such as Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP), a foundation designed to simplify integration with Internet telephony service provider solutions and PBXs, both SIP-enabled and legacy platforms. Pricing for a single copy of Bria is US$49.95, with additional volume pricing available. Version 3.1 is a free update for registered users of version 3.x.