Skype
               Marisa Conte
Clinical and Translational Science Liaison
         Health Sciences Libraries
          ...
Today’s agenda
 What is Skype?
   What can I do with it?
   Why should I care?
 Free features vs. fee-based features
...
What is it?
 Internet-based communications software with
 capabilities for:
   Instant messaging (chat)
   Voice-over-I...
Skype is for you if …
 You collaborate with colleagues or work on teams:
  Use Skype for conference calls or group chats...
Skype is not for you if …
 You don’t have a broadband internet connection
 You are looking for a video conferencing plat...
Service models: Free vs. fee
 Free
   Download free software, establish account
   Basic services
 Fee-based
   More ...
Free features
 Skype-to-Skype voice calls
 Skype-to-Skype video calls
 Text messaging (individual or group)
 File-shar...
For-fee features
 Set up an online phone number
 Call land line or cell phones
 Receive calls from land line or cell ph...
Minimum equipment list
 A computer
 Broadband internet access
 Current version of Skype installed
 A Skype account
 A...
How to install
Complete installation
Create an account
Create an account
Create an account
How to log in
Welcome screen
Check sound levels
Test your speakers
Check your mic (check, check)
Main screen
Edit your profile
Edit your profile
 Add or edit personal
  information
     Picture
     Phone numbers
     Address information
     W...
Customize privacy settings
Add a contact
Add a contact – search by full name
Add a contact – search Skype name
Send a request message
Edit contacts
Chat
 To begin a chat, right-click a contact and select ‘Start chat’
Make a voice call
Make a voice call
Making a video call
 Video calls work with only 2 participants
 Select a contact from your contact list
 Click the gree...
Initiating a conference call
Name your conference
Select participants
More about conference calls
 Select up to 24 participants
 Participants can be Skype
  users (free)
 Participants can u...
Mobile (iPhone)
 Skype provides a platform for iPhone users
 Free Skype to Skype calls
   Must use a WiFi connection
  ...
For more information
 Download software and set up an account:
   www.skype.com


 User guides for all features:
   ht...
Thank you!

 Marisa Conte
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  1. 1. Skype Marisa Conte Clinical and Translational Science Liaison Health Sciences Libraries 22 April 2009
  2. 2. Today’s agenda  What is Skype?  What can I do with it?  Why should I care?  Free features vs. fee-based features  How to:  Install software  Create an account  Set up your profile  Complete sound checks  Use free features
  3. 3. What is it?  Internet-based communications software with capabilities for:  Instant messaging (chat)  Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) calls  Video calls  Web conferencing  File sharing  Free and fee-based services available
  4. 4. Skype is for you if …  You collaborate with colleagues or work on teams:  Use Skype for conference calls or group chats/IM  You want the ability to share files while chatting  You don’t want to spend money on international or long-distance calls when travelling  You like to see who you’re talking to  You don’t like having people in your office Bottom line: Fast, free, convenient way to communicate in real time!
  5. 5. Skype is not for you if …  You don’t have a broadband internet connection  You are looking for a video conferencing platform  You are having a medical emergency  Like other VoIP products, Skype CANNOT be used to call 911 or other emergency service providers
  6. 6. Service models: Free vs. fee  Free  Download free software, establish account  Basic services  Fee-based  More options, including calls to and from landlines or cell phones  Prices vary by service and area  Subscriptions available
  7. 7. Free features  Skype-to-Skype voice calls  Skype-to-Skype video calls  Text messaging (individual or group)  File-sharing  Web conferencing with up to 24 people (voice only)
  8. 8. For-fee features  Set up an online phone number  Call land line or cell phones  Receive calls from land line or cell phones  Forward calls from Skype to a mobile phone
  9. 9. Minimum equipment list  A computer  Broadband internet access  Current version of Skype installed  A Skype account  A headset with microphone  USB headsets work best  Webcam (for video calls)
  10. 10. How to install
  11. 11. Complete installation
  12. 12. Create an account
  13. 13. Create an account
  14. 14. Create an account
  15. 15. How to log in
  16. 16. Welcome screen
  17. 17. Check sound levels
  18. 18. Test your speakers
  19. 19. Check your mic (check, check)
  20. 20. Main screen
  21. 21. Edit your profile
  22. 22. Edit your profile  Add or edit personal information  Picture  Phone numbers  Address information  Website  Gender and birthdate  Be careful! Some information can be viewed only by contacts, some is completely public!
  23. 23. Customize privacy settings
  24. 24. Add a contact
  25. 25. Add a contact – search by full name
  26. 26. Add a contact – search Skype name
  27. 27. Send a request message
  28. 28. Edit contacts
  29. 29. Chat  To begin a chat, right-click a contact and select ‘Start chat’
  30. 30. Make a voice call
  31. 31. Make a voice call
  32. 32. Making a video call  Video calls work with only 2 participants  Select a contact from your contact list  Click the green Video Call button  A new window will open with the webcam view of the person you are talking to, and your webcam view will display on your contact screen  Helpful hints:  Stay in one place when you’re on a video call!  Background checks are never a bad idea!
  33. 33. Initiating a conference call
  34. 34. Name your conference
  35. 35. Select participants
  36. 36. More about conference calls  Select up to 24 participants  Participants can be Skype users (free)  Participants can use a landline or cell phone (fee- based)  You can add participants at any time during the conference  No option for video conferencing at this time
  37. 37. Mobile (iPhone)  Skype provides a platform for iPhone users  Free Skype to Skype calls  Must use a WiFi connection  3G services do not support calls, charges will apply  Fee-based calls to cellphones or landlines  Instant messaging capability on iPhone and iPod Touch
  38. 38. For more information  Download software and set up an account:  www.skype.com  User guides for all features:  http://www.skype.com/allfeatures/  Pricing information:  http://www.skype.com/prices/
  39. 39. Thank you! Marisa Conte

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