Skype is the perfect way to stay in touch. Connecting with a friend across the road or a relative on the other side of the world is easy with Skype, the software that keeps everyone talking.
Millions of people use Skype to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages and share files with other Skype users, as well as making low-cost calls to landlines and mobiles. Office 365 Home Premium includes 60 minutes per month of Skype calls to phones in more than 40 countries and regions — at no additional cost – letting you keep in constant touch with those who matter most.
The personal touch
This is technology at its best, keeping communication so personal that even the most magic moments can be shared, with three year olds chatting to grandparents as easily as techie teens sharing celebrity gossip. Thanks to Skype, millions of users are able to make Skype to Skype voice, video and phone calls anywhere in the world. Whether you contact your grandchild away travelling, an old friend you haven’t seen in years, or your sister in the next street, anyone can make that very personal connection over Skype.
Once you’ve tried it, you’ll wonder how you ever did without it. All you need is a computer, an internet connection, speakers and microphone – built-in or separate - and a webcam. You can then use Skype to make free Skype-to-Skype video calls or voice calls over the internet. Begin by going to www.skype.com and click the ‘Get Skype’.
Click on the green button ‘Get Skype for Windows’ or click ‘On your computer’ to download Skype if you are a Mac user. When the download is complete, double-click on the Setup file icon, follow the onscreen instructions and save and then run the SkypeSetup.exe file. The Skype Setup Wizard will appear and guide you through the rest of the installation, which really is foolproof. Once the installation is complete, you can open and use Skype at any time by double-clicking the Skype icon on your desktop or in the Start menu.
When you first start Skype you'll be asked to set up an account by clicking ‘Don't have a Skype name?’ Type in your name, then create a Skype username and a password.
Follow the instructions and click ‘Sign in’ and you’re ready to start adding friends, family or colleagues as contacts. Click on ‘Add’ in the main Skype window and enter their Skype name, full name or email address and if your contact is online, click on their name and then on the green button with the icon of a telephone headset.
Now all they have to do is answer your call or alternatively you can chat using typed messages, where you click on a contact and then on the blue button to send your message. And that’s it – you’re staying in touch, keeping it personal and sharing all the special moments.
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