Despite the fact that I’m an early adopter of most technology, surprisingly, it took me forever to give Skype a try. For communicating, I found the old fashioned telephone worked; and it does what it’s supposed to do with a minimum of fuss and bother. Just pick it up, dial and voila – instant communication. What could be simpler and easier than that?
As I found out, after giving Skype a test drive – maybe this free communication application! In fact, it has now become my preferred method of contact. I use the Skype video calling feature dozens of times a day to speak with contacts worldwide.
Kudos to my good friend TechPaul, at Tech for Everyone, for finally convincing me to give Skype a test drive. I’m glad I did.
In its basic form, Skype is a free communication package, using proprietary code, which allows users to make free computer to computer calls, including video calls, across the globe. As well, there are a bundle of additional features, that can be purchased at a low cost, which will expand the application’s functionality.
Improved sound quality over regular telephones.
Secure end-to-end encryption.
Uses peer-to-peer technology for even more enhanced security.
Video calling – I have to admit I find this feature fascinating.
Conference calling – a very cool feature.
Online status notification – online, away, do not disturb, invisible, offline.
Contact creation, including groups, and importation from MS Outlook and Outlook Express etc.
Screen sharing – I find a lot of uses for this feature.
Chat – I find this a great help for sharing URL’s which can then be opened during a video call to facilitate the sharing of information.
Call phones and mobiles
Receive calls from phones and mobiles with an online number
Voicemail – Send and receive voicemails
Forward calls to phones
Transfer calls to phones and mobiles
Windows, Mac OS X, Linux.
Sound input and output devices – microphone and speakers, or a headset. Of course, for video calling you’ll need a webcam.
Download at: Skype