Keep in touch with friends and relatives around the world with Skype
- Intuitive user-friendly interface
- High transmission quality
- Voice calls, video calls, video conferencing, and instant messaging services
- Skype-to-Skype calls and messages are free
- Skype credit lets you call landlines, mobiles, and international destinations at vastly reduced rates
- An effective use of the program depends on your internet connection.
Skype is a free-to-use VoIP calling and messaging program for Mac which lets users to chat, to make voice calls and video calls each other for free.
Skype is a program that lets users to call one another either between Skype accounts or between their mobile phone numbers, as if you were using a real phone. It is the most convenient way to communicate, offering free calls and messages between Skype users, and greatly reduced rates for landline, international and mobile numbers.
The program can be downloaded for free from the Skype website, with a simple installation process. Once installed, Skype asks you to create your Skype account and you're all set. The login screen also provides the option of picking another username if you've created one. The Tools menu lets you select your native language, with several dozen popular choices.
Skype's interface is incredibly user friendly, and very easy to navigate on it. The main menu lets you make calls, view your contacts, use a status bar to update people on your various activities, as well as a series of promotions available for Skype users.
Making calls with Skype is done using your internet connection as a carrier. The only other prerequisites are that you have a microphone and some kind of speakers. Skype supports voice calls, video calls, video conferences, messaging, file attachments, and more. For all Skype-to-Skype services, you simply have to click on a person's name.
One of the latest features, in line with Facebook's methods, is that you can now embed attachments such as images and audio files into the chat as entries, so that the recipient can download them directly from the chat window.
To call someone, you just have to click the button, and a dial tone will sound similar to a real phone. For video calls, resolution depends on your camera, but is typically of high quality. For video conference, Skype even lets you contact up to ten users at a time. Messages can be sent via the bar at the bottom of the page, similar to other instant messaging programs. Calling people with Skype is for many the best way to communicate, since sending messages and making calls between Skype users is totally free. For mobiles, landlines, and international numbers, you will have to purchase Skype credit. The benefit of this, however, is that the rates for these calls are significantly lower than those of telephone companies. Additional services such as voicemail, caller ID, call forwarding and call transfer are also available.
Skype is a fantastic program and a must-have for any serious social or business user.