Skype is a software application that allows users to make phone calls using voice over Internet Protocol. Phone and video calls between Skype users are completely free, and you need to purchase credits to call landlines and mobile phones. Also, this program provides users with various other facilities such as instant messenger, file transfer, video conference, and voice mail.
Skype is a peer-to-peer telephone communication network that was created by the Swedish Niklas Zenström and the Danish Janus Ferris. The two previously collaborated on a file-sharing network called Kazaa. By the end of 2009, Skype had more than 500 million users.
The company supporting this network called Skype Group was bought by eBay in 2005 and in 2011 Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5 billion. The headquarters of this company is located in Luxembourg and it has branches in London, Paris, Tallinn, and Prague.
Privacy in Skype: New information released by the great whistleblower, Edward Snowden, shows that Microsoft is providing the NSA (National Security Agency) in bulk with the video and audio data that pass through the Skype platform. Considering that Skype has already been used by the Chinese government to spy on the affairs of the Chinese people, it can be said that it has become one of the biggest enemies of privacy in the world.
Operating systems covered: Skype covers almost all available operating systems and you can use Skype on Android phones, Mac operating systems, Windows, Blackberry operating systems, and Linux for free.
Skype services: Skype provides some of its services for free to its users. Some of these free services include calls to free numbers, calls to other Skype users, and group calls by voice, video, and text with other Skype users.
Features and features of the Skype program:
Skype to Skype Calls: Call anyone anywhere in the world who has Skype for free.
Mobile and landline calls: lower cost of mobile and landline calls from anywhere in the world.
Group Call: Bring a group of people together in a call – the ability to add up to 25 people to a call
Dedicated Skype Number: Wherever you are in the world, your friends can call your Skype number.
Show Caller Number: Don’t have an anonymous call number… let people know it’s you calling.
Skype Available: Call any international number from any phone at lower call rates.
Skype and Click to Call: Switch between browsing the web and making calls with just one click.
Get closer by making a face-to-face video call.
Group Video Calling: Bring a group of friends together for a joint video call
Video Messenger: Send a message you can see, hear and feel.
Instant messaging: Write private messages with your fingers, plan a fun trip, work on your project and… do all these actions as fast as possible.
Sending short messages (SMS): Send short messages to your friends using your computer keyboard.
Voice Call: Too busy to talk? Let Skype do it.
Group use: share messages, photos, and your location on your mobile.
File sending: Send your files, photos, and videos of any size through Skype. Just add or drag the file and drop it on the Skype environment.
Screen Sharing: Share your computer screen with the person you’re talking to.
Group Screen Sharing: Get everyone in your group together on one screen.
Send Contact Information: Easily share contact information, numbers, and Skype names.
Skype and Facebook: Send instant messages and make video calls to your Facebook friends. Also, browse your new Facebook news directly through Skype.
Wi-Fi and Skype: Connect to the Internet from over 2 million hotspots around the world.
Skype Management: A tool for creating user accounts, assigning credentials, and setting features
Skype connection: Connect to communication networks (PBX) with Skype using the Internet calling feature.
Skype and Outlook.Com: Switch between chat and video call through your Outlook account inbox with just one click.
Skype Buttons: Add them to your blog or website and give others the ability to instant message or call you with just one key.
Tips for Skype:
– This software is free and has no time or structure restrictions.
– One version of Skype with online installation and two EXE and MSI versions with offline installation are released (the MSI version is also available in two editions); The MSI version, also known as the Business Version, does not have additional settings and tools and has a faster installation.
– Also, Skype has a version under Windows 8.1 that installs it through the Store, and since access to the Store is not possible for Iranians, you can use this version to install on Windows 8.1.
*(Windows XP SP3 (32-bit version only
**(Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit versions supported
Processor: At least 1 GHz
RAM: At least 512 MB
Additional software: DirectX v9.0 or above
If you’re using Windows XP SP3, make sure you’re using Internet Explorer 8 or above *
If you’re using Windows 7 (SP1), upgrade your Internet Explorer to v11 **
So, to install and run the program, if you do not have a subscription, you must join the Skype website and create an account for yourself.