Skype is a software application that allows users to make phone calls using Voice over Internet Protocol. Phone and video calls between Skype users are completely free, and calls to landlines and mobiles require the purchase of credit. Additionally, this program provides users with various other features such as instant messaging, file transfer, video conferencing, and voicemail.
Skype is a peer-to-peer telephone communication network created by Swedish Niklas Zenström and Danish Janus Ferris. The two previously collaborated on a file-sharing network called Kazaa. By the end of 2009, Skype had over 500 million users.
The company supporting this network, called Skype Group, was acquired by eBay in 2005, and in 2011 Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5 billion. The head office of this company is located in Luxembourg and it has branches in London, Paris, Tallinn and Prague.
Privacy on Skype: New information published by the great whistleblower, Edward Snowden, shows that Microsoft is providing the National Security Agency (NSA) in bulk with the video and audio data that passes through the Skype platform. Considering that Skype was once used by the Chinese government to spy on the affairs of the Chinese people, it can be said that it has become one of the greatest enemies of privacy in the world.
Operating systems covered: Skype covers almost all operating systems available and you can use Skype on Android phones, Mac OS, Windows, Blackberry OS and Linux for free.
Skype services: Skype provides some of its services free of charge to its users. Some of these free services include calls to free numbers, calls to other Skype users, group voice, video, text calls with other Skype users.
Skype program features and functionality:
Skype to Skype calls: Call anyone anywhere in the world who has Skype for free.
Mobile and landline calls: Reduced cost of mobile and landline calls from anywhere in the world.
Group call: Gather a group of people on a call – the ability to add up to 25 people to a call
Dedicated Skype number: Wherever you are in the world, your friends can call your number on Skype.
Show contact number: Don’t have an anonymous contact number…let people know it’s you calling.
Skype available: Call any international number from any phone at a lower call rate.
Skype and click to call: Switch between web browsing and calls with just one click.
Get closer by making a face-to-face video call.
Group video call: Gather a group of friends with a joint video call
Video messaging: Send a message you can see, hear and feel.
Instant message: Write private messages with your fingers, plan a fun trip, work on your project and… do all these actions as fast as possible.
Sending short messages (SMS): Text your friends using your computer keyboard.
Voice call: Too busy to talk? Let Skype do it.
Group use: Share messages, photos and your location on your mobile.
send file: Send your files, photos and videos of any size via Skype. Just add or drag the file and drop it on the Skype environment.
Screen sharing: Share your computer screen with the person you’re talking to.
Group screen sharing: Bring everyone in your party together on one screen.
Send contact details: Easily share contact information, Skype numbers and names.
Skype and Facebook: Send instant messages and make video calls to your Facebook friends. Also browse your Facebook news directly via Skype.
Wi-Fi and Skype: Connect to the Internet from over 2 million locations worldwide.
Skype management: A tool for creating user accounts, assigning credentials, and defining functionality
Skype connection: Connect to communication networks (PBX) with Skype using the internet call feature.
Skype and Outlook.com: Switch between chat and video call through your Outlook account inbox with just one click.
Skype buttons: Add them to your blog or website and give others the ability to IM or call you with one touch.
Tips for Skype:
– This software is free and has no time or structure restrictions.
– A version of Skype with online installation and two versions EXE and MSI with offline installation are released (the MSI version is also available in two editions); The MSI version, also known as the professional version, does not have additional settings and tools and has a faster installation.
– In addition, Skype has a version on Windows 8.1 that installs via the Store, and since access to the Store is not possible for Iranians, you can use this version to install it on Windows 8.1.
*(Windows XP SP3 (32-bit version only)
**(Windows 7 (both 32-bit and 64-bit versions supported
Processor: At least 1 GHz
RAM: at least 512 MB
Additional software: DirectX v9.0 or higher
If you are using Windows XP SP3, make sure you are using Internet Explorer 8 or higher*
If you are using Windows 7 (SP1), upgrade your Internet Explorer to v11**
So, to install and run the program, if you don’t have a subscription, you need to join the Skype website and create an account for yourself.