SKYPE - What is it & How does it work? Skype is the technology that allows you to Video Chat Professionally. Many employers are hosting Skype interviews to screen their applicants in the first round. Be prepared by having an account. The more familiar you are, the more comfortable and confident you will appear during those initial meetings/conferences.
What is Skype?
Skype is a free online video chat application that is fun and convenient to use. Skype is software that
enables the world's conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video
and voice one-to-one and group calls, send instant messages and share files with other people on Skype.
You can use Skype on whatever works best for you - on your mobile, computer or a TV with Skype on it.
How to setup a Skype Account
1. Openthe Skype homepage. Clickonthe “JoinUs” linkinthe top-rightcornerof the page.This
will take youto the “Create an account” page.
2. Choose how you will log in. Youhave three differentoptionswhenitcomestoSkype accounts.
You can use Facebook,yourexistingMicrosoftaccount,oryoucan create an accountjust for
o If you are logginginwithaMicrosoft or Facebookaccount,all youneedisyourlogin
detailsforthataccount and youcan start usingSkype.If youare creatingan account just
3. Enter the requiredinformation. Inorder to create yourSkype account,you will needtoenter
your firstandlast name,anemail address(whichremainsprivate),yourcountry,andyour
o Optional informationincludesyourbirthday,gender,city,andmobile phone number.
o If you're an international traveler,choose the countrywhere youwill be usingSkype
4. Indicate how you plan to use Skype. Youcan selectbetweenbusinessandpersonal use.This
informationhelpsSkype determinehow peopleuse theirservices.Thisisan optional question.
5. Come up with a Skype Name. Thisname is displayedtootherusers,andisone way forpeople to
lookyouup. Thisname will be public.Youcannotchange your Skype Name later,soif youdon’t
like whatyouselectyouwill have tocreate a new account.
6. Create a strong password. Since Skype will have yourfriends’andfamily’scontactinformation,it
isimportantto create a password that isstrong yetmemorable.If yourpasswordistooweak,
Skype will notletyouuse it.
7. Choose whetherto receive mail from Skype. Skype will offertosendyoumessagesaboutnew
productsand special offers.The boxesare checkedbydefault,butyoucanuncheckthembefore
youcontinue if youdon’twantto receive salesemails.
8. Enter the CAPTCHA. ThistellsSkype thatthe accountisn’tbeingcreatedbyan automated
program.If youcan’t read the CAPTCHA,youcan clickthe Refreshbuttontoget a new one,or
clickthe Listenbuttonto hearit readout-loud.
and notuse yourpersonal information.If youare satisfied,clickthe green“Iagree – Continue”
buttonat the bottomof the page.
10. Download and use Skype.Once your account iscreated,youcan downloadandbeginusing
Skype.Youmay see a page askingif youwouldlike tobuySkype credits.Youcan ignore thisfor
now,or buycreditsif you knowyouare goingto use them.Skype creditsare usedtoplace phone
callsto mobile phonesorlandlines;callstootherSkype usersare alwaysfree.
It's a good ideatounderstandthe iconsthat appearat the bottomof the page whenyoumake
or receive acall.If the image of yourself orthe otherpersonisn'tshowingup,you'll probably
see that one of those iconshas a slashthroughit.A slashalwaysmeansthatthat particular
feature isnotin use.If youraudioisn't working,checktomake sure that the speakericon
doesn'thave a slashthroughit,either.
All Skype usersmustbe 13 or older(14 theyrecommend) toregisteranaccountas the COPPA
advisesthemnottocollectpersonal informationfromachildbelow age 13.
How do I call someone inSkype for WindowsDesktop?
You can make a voice orvideocall to anyone onSkype,anywhereinthe world,forfree.Simplyfindyour
family,friendsandcolleagueswhoare usingSkype andaddthemto yourcontact list.Whenyou’ve
addedthem,it’seasytomake a call.Andnow you can translate voice andvideocallsin6 languages(for
userson Windows7 andabove).
How do I sendan instant message in Skype for WindowsDesktop?
Skype instantmessagingmakesiteasytokeepintouchwithyourcontacts andgroups whereverthey
are.You can share files,photosandcontacts,andbringyour IMs to life withMojisandemoticons.
Share files,contacts and videomessages
You can senddocuments,photos,videomessagesandcontactsto yourfriends.
To share mediawithyourfriends,clickone of the iconsbelow the chatwindow.Youmightneedtoclick
the paperclipicontosee these icons: