What is Skype and how does it benefit me?

Buy a new computer these days and chances are it will come with Skype pre –installed. So how do you get any benefit from this software package and what exactly does it mean to Skype.

Skype is the most widely used communications software in the world. It allows you to communicate with another person that also has the Skype software and a Skype account. How you communicate is up to you. You could do PC to PC video calls, text messaging, or free telephone calls. For business you could hold meetings with anyone in the world that has Skype. Basically, free video conferencing, Low cost calls and text messages to mobiles and landlines, etc. Even internet enabled TVs are now coming with the Skype app installed and cameras installed, simply connect to WIFI and you are ready for video conference calls, visiting with grand kids, parents or anyone else on Skype that wants to connect with you. It is even available on Facebook so let’s get started.

As you can see, Skype can be used in a variety of ways. Need to see your grandchildren, children or parents and they live far away, Skype. Like the old cartoon the Jetsons, video calls are now a reality.

Here is how you can benefit from Skype. Go to Skype Download download Skype to your computer or go to the Apps store on your android device or IPhone and download and install the app. Once you have downloaded and installed Skype, you can setup your account through the software or go here Skype account and setup a free Skype account.

Choose a username and password that will be easy for you to remember but hard for anyone else to guess. The software is pretty easy to setup but If you need help setting up Skype call us at D&T LLC at 908-444-6317 if you live in New Jersey and we will be happy to assist you with this. We could also help you remotely, you will need to have a web cam connected and working, and a headset device with a microphone if you do not have a laptop with these things built in.

Now you need to add some contacts like your son or daughters Skype account, usually their email address they used when they setup their Skype account. Open the Skype software and click add contact, enter the contact information and click add contact.

Now that you’ve added a contact, you are ready to make a call. To do so, do the following: In the “Contacts” column, left click on the contact’s name. In the right column, the contact’s information will pop up – including the following options:
a. “Call” (to make an audio call)
b. “Video Call” (for web cam or face to face call)
c. A box at the bottom where you can simply type them a message

To make a video conference call simple add contacts to the call after you have connected with your first contact.