Skype is jam-packed with great features to help you stay in touch with friends, family and co-workers, share your thoughts and find the information you need.
You can use it on a computer or get Skype on your mobile so you can keep in touch on the move, whatever you’re up to. Skype works on a wide range of mobiles, plus on devices like the PlayStation Portable (PSP).
There’s also a great range of WiFi and cordless phones with Skype built-in.
We all love something for nothing. With Skype’s free software – by the way, it works seamlessly with your internet connection – you can chat away with free Skype-to-Skype calls and never worry about cost, time or distance. Share the love and get your friends to download Skype so you can talk, instant message (IM) or make video calls for nothing. You can also make local, long distance and international calls to phones and mobiles at great rates too
Popular and preeminent VoIP service Skype has wooed its fair share of people with an itch to ditch the landline and an Internet connection, especially those with international contacts. With its latest update to version 5, the company hopes to win over even more customers and keeping the current ones happy. Skype 5.0 features a streamlined interface, Facebok integration, and videoconferencing functionality.
First, Skype tackled the overall user experience of the software. The new Home page integrates a feed of mood messages from your contacts and yourself, and it offers a variety of tutorials to help you use the various features of the service, from making a video call to signing up for a subscription. The company also aimed to simplify the overall interface in order to make calling, messaging, screen sharing, and file transferring more intuitive and easier to navigate. In addition, the contact search screen now features images and mood messages and offers real-time results.
Skype is also offering a new group-video-calling feature. According to company data, about 40 percent of all Skype-to-Skype minutes were used on video calling. The logical step was to provide a feature that allowed users to chat with more than just one other person. Anyone who downloads version 5 will have a chance to test out the new functionality for free, though it will be a paid extra down the line.
The videoconferencing feature offers a few viewing options. One is the typical side-by-side screen with participants lined up in equal sizes. Then there's the more interesting dynamic view, which increases the size of the person doing most of the talking at any given moment. We got to check this out in a live demo and can see how it would be particularly useful for business calls.
The group video screen also prominently displays the relevant controls along the bottom, as well as a meter that measures call quality. Skype has added a call quality manager that gauges audio and video quality during calls. Automatic call recovery is another new feature that helps users quickly reconnect calls that are interrupted because of Internet connection problems.
Last but not least, Skype now has Facebook integrated seamlessly into the interface. A tab along the top of the screen will take you into your news feed, where you can update your status as well as start Skype calls with various contacts.
Description of Skype
Skype is a VoIP application, available in both free and paid versions for Mac OS X and Windows. VoIP, which stands for "voice over Internet protocol," is a type of technology that refers to any communication taking place over a network, such as the Internet. VoIP can include instant messages, video conferencing and even fax messages sent online instead of through a telephone line. You can use Skype to communicate with friends and family or hold business conferences.
Skype NameRegardless of whether you are using the free or paid version of Skype, you must register for a Skype name. Your Skype name is your identity on Skype and is how people will contact you through the application. To create your Skype name, click the link that appears when you open the application on your computer. Skype gives you the option to fill out your full name, location and other information in your profile so people can find you on Skype.
Instant MessagingOne of the most basic features of Skype is instant messaging and chat rooms. You can initiate free instant messages to have conversations with multiple contacts online, or invite contacts to join a chat room. Skype allows you to send and receive files to contacts directly through the instant messaging window. Skype even provides a selection of emoticons to express your feelings in your instant message. Emoticons are located in the bottom-right corner of the application window.
Audio and Video ConferencingSkype offers free audio calls between Skype users and reduced rates on calls from your computer to regular telephone numbers anywhere in the world. To call regular telephone numbers, you must purchase Skype credit, which is available through the application. Skype also provides free one-on-one video conferencing between Skype users. A broadband Internet connection is recommended when using the audio conferencing feature and required to use the video conferencing feature.
Skype Premium and BusinessAlthough Skype is available for free download, paid versions of Skype offer extra features. Skype Premium includes group video conferences with up to six contacts and live chat customer support, and is available for Mac and Windows. Skype Premium is available for a monthly subscription of $8.99 or a day pass for $4.99. Skype Business offer a variety of solutions for small businesses, medium business and large enterprises. As of February 2011, Skype Business is only available for Windows.
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