As of September 2014, selected features of Skype are free, such as making calls to other Skype users. Fees are charged to use some capabilities, such as dialing most mobile and landline phones.Know More
Free calling to other Skype users is available around the world. Someone who plans to communicate frequently with an individual in a different country can save on long-distance costs by conducting voice and video communication over Skype. Group video calls involving up to 25 users at a time are also free, provided that all users connect to the call using Skype and not traditional phones.
As of September 2014, Skype offers two main payment options for paid calls. Skype credit is available to pay for calls in advance. Monthly subscriptions include unlimited calls to specific countries. As an example, one popular package includes unlimited calls to United States and Canadian numbers.Learn more about Internet & Networking
As of November 2014, Skype is a division of Microsoft. As it is a publicly traded company, anyone who owns Microsoft stock owns a stake in Skype. The software giant purchased Skype in May 2011 for $8.5 billion amid rumors Facebook and Google were interested in making business deals with the popular video chat company. Before the sale to Microsoft, eBay owned Skype from 2005 to 2009.Full Answer >
To set up Skype, go to Skype's official website, fill out the user information such as username and password, download the software, follow the installation steps, and open the application. Use your username and password to sign in, make a test call and add contacts.Full Answer >
To add someone on Skype, search for the person by entering his contact information into the search field, browse the list of options to select the correct person, click Add to Contacts, introduce yourself and click Send. The person has the option to accept or deny your contact request.Full Answer >
Although Skype discontinued its support of public chat rooms with the introduction of Skype 4.0, you can still join chat rooms that have remained in existence since prior to that time. Skype does not support any of these chat rooms, however.Full Answer >