Download the Skype Software.It comes with a handy set-up wizard.
Choose a Skype name.This is the name people will use to call you on Skype.
Make a free test call.Check that your microphone and speakers are on.
Find friends who use Skype.Search by name, email address, location, or other criteria. You can also use the Send Contacts feature to acquire and share contacts.
Start making calls.To begin talking or chatting with any Skype contact simply double-click on their Skype name.
Video calling is simple to set up and offers a great way to see friends and colleagues.
Making a video call using Skype requires a webcam (in addition to your headset or speakers and microphone).
Install the software for the webcam and then plug in the webcam to the computer. Skype will automatically detect the webcam and offer a way to test the webcam to ensure everything is working correctly. Once that is done, any Skype call can include video.
Conference calling is convenient and simple to initiate.
To include multiple Skype contacts in the same call, simply click the conference button in the Skype window and add the desired parties. Skype can conference up to 5 people in a call on any computer and up to 10 people in one call if the people on the call are using a PC with an Intel Duo Core Processor.
Using Skype to dial an ordinary phone or mobile phone is simple and saves money.
From within Skype calls can be made to ordinary or mobile phone numbers using SkypeOut starting at approximately $.02 per minute.
Having a Skype phone number offers convenience to contacts not on Skype.
For approximately $30 per year anyone can obtain a SkypeIn phone number with the area code of choice that will allow contacts outside the Skype network to call directly into Skype. You can also set up Skype Voicemail so people can leave you messages when you’re not around.
Other free Skype features
- Global User Directory
A giant search-friendly phonebook of Skype users everywhere.
- Call Forward
Send your calls to up to three other Skype IDs.
- Instant Message (same as chat)
Include groups of up to 50 in one chat.
- File transfer
Instantly send and receive those big, hard-to-send files safely.
- Call logs
Keeps track of both calls and chats.
Log into Skype from anywhere in the world.