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Get up and running with Skype, the tool for calling, video chatting, messaging, and sharing with others—wherever you are. With this course, you'll learn the basics from creating an account and adding contacts to making your first call—via audio, video, or even instant message. Author Lisa Larson-Kelley will guide you through setting up the tools you need, your webcam and your microphone, and making a test call. You'll even learn how to use Skype by connecting with Facebook, and also on various mobile devices. You'll then be on your way to more advanced features like calling a landline, making a group video call, and recording Skype calls. You'll also learn how to troubleshoot Skype so you have the best video and audio quality.
Since Microsoft now owns Skype, support on Windows Phones is pretty much a given. But, you might be surprised to learn that this version is a bit behind the other mobile versions of Skype, when it comes to feature support. Let's take a closer look at where Skype for Windows Phone stands today. As with the Android version, Skype for Windows Phone comes in 2 versions. One for Windows Phone 7 and one for Windows Phone 8. You need to have at least Windows Phone 7.5 to run the earlier version. However, Microsoft has ended ongoing support for this earlier version.
You can still download Skype for Windows Phone 7 from the Windows Phone store, but it wont be updated in the future. Microsoft is really pushing for everyone to move to Windows Phone 8, with Skype being one of the apps they think might entice you to upgrade. Both versions support the core features of Skype, but you can't start or participate in a group conversation, share your screen, or share files. To install either version, go to the windows phone store on your device and search for Skype. Only the version that's compatible with your device will be shown, so you can just click to download and install the free app.
One big difference between the two versions that's important to note. Skype for Windows Phone 7 doesn't run in the background. So to receive and answer calls, you need to be running the app and logged in. In Windows Phone 8 it can run in the background, giving you notifications when you get incoming calls or messages. But, keep in mind, after you install Skype and log in for the first time in Windows 8, you will always be logged in, and showing up as available to your Skype contacts by default. Now this may seem really handy, until you're getting messages at 11 P.M. when your co-worker thinks you're working late.
You can log out manually by choosing switch accounts in Skype and not logging back in. You can also turn off Skype notifications in your phone settings, but you'll still appear as available. So, even though Microsoft owns Skype, they still have a bit of work to do on the user experience, on windows phone.
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