Skype is one of the most popular apps for communicating with friends and family. With support for video calls, VOiP calls, and instant messages, it's possible to replace your land line phone.
Skype emerge from the creators of Kazaa. The technology behind the P2P program is what Skype ran to enable calls between computers.
Video calls wouldn't emergy until two years later along with different functions that were eventually discontinued like Skypecast and SkypeFind.
Skype has been owned by various companies with the most recent in 2011 when Microsoft bought the company and integrated it into Windows as a replacement for Messenger.
Using Skype to communicate is easy because it's a cross-platform app with support on smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers.
The main function of Skype is video calls which allow for single and group video conferencing.
You can also call land line and cell phone numbers worldwide at a lower cost per minute which is deducted from your Skype balance.
As the successor to Windows Messenger, Skype also lets you chat with friends on Facebook.
It's not difficult to use Skype if you only use the basic features.
Calling another Skype user is simple and making calls to land lines isn't difficult either, but problems emerge when you want to use advanced features.
Some features are hidden behind menus and some buttons don't explain the feature it activates, like screen sharing. It takes some time to learn all of the advanced functions in Skype.
Covers all the bases
Skype has become one of the standards for calling through the internet and has features that everyone can find useful.
The app can intelligently adapt to different desktops or devices and adjust for network speeds without having to manually change your settings.
There are many variables to get good video and sound, and Skype is able to get the best possible quality available.
An essential program
The varied uses of Skype make it a very important program to use. Since it's cross-platform, you don't have to worry about compatibility with other users.
Since Skype has replaced Messenger, it is the default messaging app for Windows, but it's still a great add-on for Mac users.
Skype for OS X 10.6 - 10.8
This version of Skype is designed for OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, OS X 10.7 Lion, and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
If you use a new version of OS X, then download this version of Skype.