Skype For Dummies book cover

Skype For Dummies

Published: January 17, 2007

Overview

Here's the fun and easy way to understand all the hype about Skype and make this alternative communication system work for you.
People love Skype because it’s fairly simple to use, it’s free, it doesn’t have advertisements or pop-up screens, and its communications are encrypted and secure. If you want the ability to make free voice calls or want to maximize Skype and get the most out of this free global telephony system, you’ve come to the right place. All you need to get going with Skype is a computer with Internet access, a headset or microphone — and this book!
Although the technology is simple, it has some complexities when you go beyond making simple calls. Skype For Dummies covers call forwarding, voice mail, and conference calling and explains the use of two very popular and important Skype features:
  • SkypeIn: Receive telephone calls that you can answer through Skype on your computer
  • SkypeOut: Make calls out to regular old telephones from your computer
This no-nonsense guide is written in plain English, leaving the jargon at the door. You’ll learn to:
  • Install and configure Skype on different platforms and various mobile connections
  • Create a contacts list
  • Set up voicemail and call forwarding
  • Use Skype for worldwide conference calls and Skypecasting
  • Enhance Skype with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi wireless, and video
  • Change your Skype menus to a different language
  • Adjust different hardware configurations and add-ons
  • Troubleshoot problems with hardware configurations and other common issues
Skype For Dummies provides guidance on using this technology in a business setting, including some implementations that can help reduce support desk costs and automate surveys and interviews. A popular use of Skype is for video calling, and the book shows how you can easily install and configure this can’t-miss feature. A dedicated web site keeps the book up to date as Skype adds new features.
Additionally, you’ll discover ten ways to use Skype to promote your business and ten ways to use Skype at school. With an appendix on multi-language support and another on tips and tricks, you won’t want to Skype anyone until you have your copy of Skype For Dummies in hand.
Here's the fun and easy way to understand all the hype about Skype and make this alternative communication system work for you.
People love Skype because it’s fairly simple to use, it’s free, it doesn’t have advertisements or pop-up screens, and its communications are encrypted and secure. If you want the ability to make free voice calls or want to maximize Skype and get the most out of this free global telephony system, you’ve come to the right place. All you need to get going with Skype is a computer with Internet access, a headset or microphone — and this book!
Although the technology is simple, it has some complexities when you go beyond making simple calls. Skype For Dummies covers call forwarding, voice mail, and conference calling and explains the use of two very popular and important Skype features:
  • SkypeIn: Receive telephone calls that you can answer through Skype on your computer
vertical-align: baseline;">SkypeOut: Make calls out to regular old telephones from your computer
This no-nonsense guide is written in plain English, leaving the jargon at the door. You’ll learn to:
  • Install and configure Skype on different platforms and various mobile connections
  • Create a contacts list
  • Set up voicemail and call forwarding
  • Use Skype for worldwide conference calls and Skypecasting
  • Enhance Skype with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi wireless, and video
  • Change your Skype menus to a different language
  • Adjust different hardware configurations and add-ons
  • Troubleshoot problems with hardware configurations and other common issues
Skype For Dummies provides guidance on using this technology in a business setting, including some implementations that can help reduce support desk costs and automate surveys and interviews. A popular use of Skype is for video calling, and the book shows how you can easily install and configure this can’t-miss feature. A dedicated web site keeps the book up to date as Skype adds new features.
Additionally, you’ll discover ten ways to use Skype to promote your business and ten ways to use Skype at school. With an appendix on multi-language support and another on tips and tricks, you won’t want to Skype anyone until you have your copy of Skype For Dummies in hand.