Join Lisa Larson-Kelley for an in-depth discussion in this video What is Skype, and why use it?, part of Up and Running with Skype for Windows.
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Skype is a software application for making video and voice calls over the Internet. Over the past ten years, it's established itself as an essential tool for communication over the web. From calls from grandma and grandpa to international business meetings, it has over 300 million connected users worldwide today. Communications have come a long way since the early telephone. And Skype is finally fulfilling the promise of telepresence. Taking a leap forward from scratchy analog audio. To clear audio and even video conferencing, at the press of a button.
Skype is everywhere. From tablets, to mobile phones to landlines. And even TVs and game consoles. And with the release of Windows 8.1. Microsoft who now owns Skype, has packaged Skype right into the operating system. This makes it an always, on app. That let's you take calls at anytime without draining your battery. The uses of Skype are limitless. Job interviews, video dating, counseling and coaching. Online education, family reunions, sales pitches. Or just everyday chats, it's up to you how to use it.
You can choose from three types of conversations in Skype. Video, voice or text chat. And if you upgrade to a premium account, you can have multi-way voice conferences, of up to 25 people. And group video calling supporting up to ten people. With video chat, the person you're communicating with, will see your video image and hear your voice. You can also chat with them in the chat box at the same box. This is great if you wanns to share links, or other text that you're discussing. Voice chat is just like a telephone call. But often with much crisper and clearer audio.
Since you're not dealing with poor cell phone signals or analog landline interference. With a headset, it can almost feel like the person is right there in the room with you. Text chat is just that. Chatting in a text box with a Skype contact. I usually use this to check with a contact who's signed in, to see if now is a good time for me to call them. In this course, I'll show you how to make all three of these types of calls. And take advantage of some of the more advanced features, that you may not have known about. So you can get the most out of Skype for Windows.
- Getting the right equipment
- Launching Skype
- Adding and managing contacts
- Making audio and video calls
- Using Skype on mobile devices
- Setting up Skype voicemail
- Recording Skype calls
- Sharing your screen
- Making group calls
- Managing privacy settings