Skype is a computer application that will allow you to talk to others free. With the free application, you can carry out:

  • Skype-to-Skype calls
  • Video calls
  • Conference calls (Skype users only)
  • Instant messaging
  • Screen sharing
  • Call transfer
  • Sending files
  • Call and text friends directly from your Facebook News Feed and Phonebook in Skype

However, you can expand the capability of Skype through purchased features to include:

  • Call phones and mobile phones
  • Conference calls to phones and mobile phones
  • Get a Skype number that others can call
  • Voicemail to record missed calls
  • Call forwarding, forward calls to another phone when you are not online
  • Caller ID, show it’s you calling when you call someone’s number
  • Call transfer to phones and mobile phones
  • Group video calling
  • Send text messages

Skype has three pricing plans; free, pay as you go, and pay monthly.

Essential Requirements

You can use Skype from multiple devices to include Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. You can also access Skype from various smartphones and iPads. it is possible to run Skype from your high definition TV from LG, Panasonic or Samsung.


Skype on your computer

  • A Windows, Mac, or Linux computer
  • An internet connection (broadband is best)
  • A built-in or external webcam for video calls

Skype on your mobile phone

  • A phone capable of installing the Skype application

Skype on TV

  • Panasonic
    • Skype-enabled 2010 Panasonic HD TV.
    • A Panasonic Communication Camera.
    • A fast broadband internet connection.
  • Samsung
    • A Skype-enabled 2010 Samsung TV.
    • Freetalk TV camera for Samsung.
    • A fast broadband internet connection.


Depending on the device you use, here are the software downloads for various devices.





Learning resources information

Reading List

Key Weblinks

Guides and Beginner Instructions

Here are a number of great guides to help you better understand Skype and its capabilities.

Ideas for using Skype


Here are a number of great ideas for using Skype in an educational environment.


Here are a number of great ideas for improving your Skype use.




Here are some instructions for integrating Skype with Facebook.

Microsoft Outlook and Office

Here are some instructions for integrating Skype into Microsoft Office products.


Here are a number of tools and techniques for recording Skype calls.

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Here is a hack for WordPress on how to show your Skype status.

Video Tutorials

Here are a variety of videos that will help you get the most out of Skype.

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