A Tribute To Skype

Ethan Shport on Aug 01 Communication 5 min read

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The best thing about Skype, hats off, is that Skype to Skype calls are always free, whether you’re calling home or looking for free international calls. 

You may call your mum (please, call your parents as often as possible), like I personally always do. You can chat with your best friend to make weekend plans or negotiate some business issues with a client on the other side of the world. Just like that.

And the most important thing is that you’re free to talk for as long as you like. Isn’t it nice? We should appreciate it. Thank you Skype.

The basics

Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Luxembourg, Skype is a division of Microsoft Corp.

Skype is for doing things together, whenever you’re apart. Skype’s text, voice and video simplify sharing experiences with people who matter to you, wherever they are.

With Skype, you can share a story, celebrate a birthday, learn a language, hold a meeting, work with colleagues — just about anything you need to do together every day.Skype

Basically, Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice and video calls and chats over the internet. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free, whereas calls to both traditional landline telephones and mobile phones can be made for a fee by using a debit-based user account system.

The best add-ons to your conversation ever: Skype Emoticons and Mojis

As far as I’m concerned, Skype has the most entertaining emoticons (or smileys, if we go old school) in the game. Period.

Make your Skype chats more fun, personal, and expressive than ever with brand new Skype emoticons and Mojis.

Mojis are short clips from your favorite movies and TV shows that you can put directly into a Skype chat. Sending a Moji is as easy as tapping the emoticon button. Browse by movie or by expression, preview the Moji, and drop it in the chat to do the talking for you.

Emoticons have also been drastically updated. Tap the emoticon picker to see the emoticon list, including some brand new categories and a featured section. Simply download the latest version of Skype in Appswell store to get going.

Referring back to calls: mobile and landline numbers

Say hello, even if your friends and family aren't on Skype. You can make affordable international calls to mobiles and landlines any time, day or night. With relatively low domestic and international calling rates, and no peak times, you can talk to those who matter most, whenever you want. Pay for calls to mobile and landline numbers with Skype Credit or, if you call regularly, you could save even more with a subscription.

Skype is all about sharing experience: share your files, your screen, your expertise

You can share files online with multiple contacts both during a voice, video, or group call and in an instant message. Whatever suits you, basically. What’s cool is that the sharing option is available even if your contacts are offline. 

As long as you’re using the latest version of Skype, you can share files, photos, documents and videos of up to 300 MB with friends and groups even if they’re offline.

From sharing files to sharing screens.

Screen sharing, together with the group screen sharing feature, is the easy way to collaborate with a friends or colleagues. You and your audience, can view your screen during a live meeting, making it easy to show off your great ideas and your presentation skills.

Making big travel plans online? Use our screen share feature and do it together. Or why not give grandma a quick demo of how you use Skype, so she can start using it too.Skype

Vision of future: Skype Translator

Another thing that excites me a lot is Skype Translator. This technology has recently graduated from Preview mode.

Skype online translator can help you communicate in 7 languages for voice calls, and in more than 50 languages while instant messaging.

Break down the language barrier with your friends, family and colleagues.Break down the language barrier with your friends, family and colleagues. Skype Translator uses machine learning, so the more people use it, the better it gets. Unfortunately, Skype Translator is available only on devices with Windows. Not on Macs yet, but we’ll wait. That thing is worth waiting, right?

Skype Translator is yet available only on devices with Windows

Cherry on top: the new awesome black theme

I want it now and I want it bad. 

But, at this point, the situation is the same as with Skype Translator. This cool black Skype below is available only for Windows devices. For now, so far. 

Nevertheless, it’s another worth-waiting update that all Mac users are anticipating. With myself being first in the row.

Skype keeps the world talking, for free. Share, message and call - now with group video on mobile and tablet too. Skype is for doing things together, whenever you’re apart. Skype’s text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the people.