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Skype Technology

  1. 1. SKYPE TECHNOLOGY By Dawn Jeffress EDAE A637, The Design of e-Learning Dr. Andrew Page
  2. 2. WHAT IS SKYPE <ul><li>Skype is a computer software program that allows free telephone calls over the internet </li></ul><ul><li>Skype also allows low cost calls to mobile phones and landline telephones which are not connected to the internet </li></ul><ul><li>Pocket PCs may also download a free thin version of Skype allowing instant messaging and conference calling </li></ul><ul><li>Skype is accessible due to Global Index Technology which allows access to a wider computer network </li></ul>
  3. 3. WHAT IS SKYPE, CONT. <ul><li>Distributed Computing like Skype is a peer-to-peer (P2P) technology that allows people to access each others computer and tap the other computers storage and computing capacity while using the internet </li></ul><ul><li>Normally the more popular a file is the more difficult it is to access however with the (P2P) networks it is just the opposite and is more accessible allowing for sharing of files of films, music, games, software, photos and texts </li></ul><ul><li>Peer to peer networks nicely solve the problem of mass distribution without excessive cost </li></ul><ul><li>Skype is available in 23 languages throughout the world, used by over 136 million people and is one of the fastest growing communications via the internet </li></ul>
  4. 4. INVENTORS OF SKYPE Niklas Zennström born in Sweden in 1966 has dual degrees in Engineering Physics and Business Administration. He was hired to work in Tele2. One of his early tasks was to go to Denmark to build an Internet Service Provider (ISP) business in 1997. Janus Friis was born in 1976 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Though no formal education, at age 19, he began working at the help desk at the Danish ISP called Cybercity. In 1997, he applied for a job at Tele2. when Niklas Zennström was forming the Danish start-up team and was hired.
  5. 5. HISTORY OF SKYPE <ul><li>Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis working for Tele2 together with a team of other members developed Skype </li></ul><ul><li>Tele2 is a Telecom company in Sweden which operated in 23 other countries in Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Skype was developed in Tallin, Estonia in 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>Skype was registered in April of 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Skype was released to the public in August of 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Skype was officially bought by e-Bay in October of 2005 and paid 2.6 Billion dollars, plus e-bay stock as well as performance based consideration </li></ul><ul><li>Skype is a part of the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) software </li></ul>
  6. 6. COST <ul><li>Skype is “Free” and can be downloaded off of the internet </li></ul><ul><li>Computers such as the Mac and some HPs as well as various others which contain a camera can send visual pictures via the internet of each party while talking to each other </li></ul><ul><li>Those who have computers without cameras can also access Skype and purchase web cameras which range between $57.00 – $140.00 depending upon desired picture and voice quality during conversation </li></ul><ul><li>The cost to Skype is 1/10 of a cent to add new users compared to other similar programs which may cost $400.00 per new user </li></ul><ul><li>The Skype program is free however there may be a small user fee when accessing Skype for calls to and from mobile or landline phones, call forwarding, voicemail, personalized avatars and ring tones as well as an increasing network of software and hardware providers </li></ul>
  7. 7. STANDARD SKYPE <ul><li>Standard Skype offers the following features: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free video/audio calls with people all over the world with high quality video </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SkypeOut lets the user call any landline or mobile phone for a user fee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skype In allows phone calls from a landline to be received on the computer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice mail allows the user to leave a voice message if the recipient cannot take the call </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SkypeCast allows for a live moderated conversation with up to 100 people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forward your calls after signing out, to your mobile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Available SMS messaging to people on mobiles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Optional Google Toolbar installation </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. SKYPE 3.0 BETA <ul><li>Skype 3.0 beta offers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Click to call: while surfing online one can click and call a restaurant to make reservations using SkypeOut </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SkypeCast: allows users to join a live window and participate in moderated discussions of up to 100 people anywhere in the world </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Chats: open text messaging to meet others and may be hosted by moderators who can guide the flow and content </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. SKYPE 4.0 BUSINESS <ul><li>Skype 4.0 for Business has the same features as the standard version and also offers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Window installer called MSI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy deployment to other computers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows IT administrators more control </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased security </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. APPLICATION Skype is easily accessible and would be a very applicable learning device to use as a communication and teaching tool. Skype could be used effectively at very low cost for distance education. Small or large groups could participate from a variety of locations and the ability to see and speak to each other would only add to the richness of the discussion.
  11. 11. REFERENCES <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>