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See how to use Skype for secure chats and connect SkypeOut and SkypeIN. Here's the fun and easy way (r) to understand all the hype about Skype and make this cool alternative communication system work for you! You'll get great advice about hardware, directions for downloading and installing Skype, ideas for using Skype in your business, and the lowdown on making Skype calls to people with old-fashioned phones.

Discover how to:

  • Install Skype and start making calls

  • Create a contacts list

  • Set up voicemail and call forwarding

  • Use Skype for worldwide conference calls and Skypecasting

  • Enhance Skype with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi wireless, and video

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Average Rating: 2 out of 5 rating Based on 2 Ratings

"Skype" - by Blitzkrieg WW2 on 04-APR-2014
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The book I read to research this post was Skype For Dummies which is a very good book which I read at http://safaribooksonline.com . Skype is a software program that lets you place phone calls from your computer at a reduced price and when you consider the signal that goes from a modem via the telephone cable is very similar to the signal sent via a phone down the telephone cable it makes a lot of sense. Many people use Skype to make video calls and conference calls which can connect up to 100 people at once. You ideally need broadband to use Skype as dial up networking runs a bit sluggish. It's free for Skype users to phone other Skype users even abroad and every user has a unique name and avator and has the option of creating a profile which is displayed to callers. Originally Skype was written by a Danish man who used it to found a company and it was bought for a huge amount of money which made him one of the richest men in Denmark & a billionaire. There is an add on called Pamela for voicemail and rerouting calls. There is also Pamela Pro which can be used to record podcasts in windows and these can be syndicated in RSS by a service like feedburner. You can record voice mail on an Apple Mac with voice recorder. Placing a call is quite simple with in Skype, you simply enter the number or user name and select enter or call. There is also a password but you can configure that to be stored on that machine. There are special Skype phones that function like a phone but you must feed the call via the computer. There is also Skype Out where you can buy credit in advance as and when needed. A lot of businesses use Skype because of the lower costs of making calls and of course they often route calls through a server with software like Microsoft Exchange Server. You generally do need a microphone and headphone to use Skype but many people use a webcam with built in microphone. It also integrates with some social networks and is a good alternative to Im. This book was published in 2007 so is a little dated but is a very interesting read.


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