Skype as a Meeting Tool

Skype provides voice calls, instant messaging and file transfer. Skype can call other Skype users or conventional telephones, show video to a single Skype contact. Small-scale voice conferences can also be organised.

Skype requires registration. The program can be installed without administrator's privileges.

Skype may be banned by network administration, so check your local situation to find out if you can use it.

For more information on Skype, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skype.

Skype provides an in-program guide to walk first time users through their first call. For installation and use instructions, see http://www.skype.com/help/guides. These guides are excellent in general.

Walkthrough of calling with Skype

  1. Find out the Skype name of your contact via Skype's search or by asking the person. To add them to your contact list, select the Add Contact... item on the Contact menu.
  2. To call a person on your contact list, select them on the Contact tab and push the green headset button on the bottom of the Skype application window.

Walkthrough of having a conference call

Directions on http://www.skype.com.

  1. Select Create a Conference Call from the Tools menu.
  2. Add the contacts you want to confere with to the Conference Participants panel by clicking the Add button in the dialog that shows up.
  3. To start the conference, click the Start button.
  4. To add another participant to an ongoing conference, select them from the Contacts pane and then click the Conferencing toolbar button.

Walkthrough of installing Skype

  1. Download the program at http://www.skype.com/download.
  2. Launch the downloaded application. Accept the licence agreement, and Skype launches.
  3. Follow the instructions Skype provides on your sound settings, contacts and calling.

-- 25 Sep 2006

Topic revision: r5 - 2008-11-21 - HennaRiikkaLaitinen
 
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