Skype is an instant messaging service that has become extremely popular in the past few years due to its interconnectivity, extensive features, and ease of use. In fact, Skype has become even more popular than similar programs, such as Yahoo Messenger and Windows Live Messenger, because of its dual role as both an instant messaging software and an effective VoIP service. Skype is completely free for computer-to-computer connections and provides both computer-to-phone and phone-to-computer connections for a small fee that is cheaper than that of most telephone companies. Additionally, Skype allows users from all over the world to communicate with each other and even meet new people.
How Skype Works
Skype works in the same manner that all instant messaging services do. Skype provides the user with an interface for inserting text, images, audio clips, emoticons, and special effects that are organized into data packets and sent over the Internet like any other file. The Skype client on the receiving computer then converts the data packets back into useable information and displays it in the form of text and other elements in the user interface. This is all done very quickly and without the user’s knowledge, allowing for virtually instant communication between multiple users.
Skype has a wide variety of features. For example, Skype allows users to insert text, audio clips, emoticons, special effects, and other elements into conversations they are having with other users. Additionally, Skype allows users to share voice or video conversations when used in conjunction with a microphone or camera. For several cents per minute, Skype users also have the ability to make phone calls to any telephone in the world, despite whether they are local or long distance. In fact, users can also purchase a Skype telephone number so that others may call the user’s Skype client as if it were a telephone.
How To Find People Online On Skype
In addition to its many other features, Skype also has several convenient features for adding new people and seeing when they’re online, in addition to viewing their profiles and saving all conversations. Skype users can add a specific person by going to Contacts and clicking on “Add A Contact”. Friends can also be added to a Skype user’s friend list by importing email addresses and other information from external sources, such as an email account or social networking profile.