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1 What’s this “Skype” thing? Katrina Belogorsky Skokie Public Library July 19, 2011

2 What is Skype? Skype is a way of sending phone calls across the internet… and because it’s the internet calls are FREE Skype uses technology called VOIP “voice over Internet protocol” Free calls over the Internet Free to download software (5.5 latest version)

3 To Use Skype, You Need Only Three Things A computer with access to the Internet A free software program called Skype A microphone and headset (built - in) Web camera (built- in)

4 Who are Skype? Founded in August 2003, Skype is the leading global Internet communications company. Skype is headquartered in Luxemburg (offices in Europe, US and Asia) Was acquired by eBay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY) in October 2005- Sepember 2009 September 1, 2009, eBay sells 65% of Skype to Index Ventures and Silver Lake Partners August 2010 Skype announced to go Public on Wall Stree 30% users are use Skype for business 13% of global long distance happens over Skype.(2010) 560 Million users (accounts) worldwide (2010) On 10 May 2011, Microsoft Corporation agreed to acquire Skype Communications, S.à r.l for US$8.5 billionMicrosoft CorporationSkype Communications, S.à r.l Skype is available in 28 languages

5 Free Features Skype-to-Skype calls One-to-one video calls Instant messaging Screen sharing

6 Pay As You Go Call Phones and mobiles SMS Call forwarding Call identification Skype Voicemail

7 Subscriptions Lowest calling rates Choose unlimited calling Best rates to 3-6 month subscription

8 Skype Premium Group video calling with the latest version of SKYPE Get help when you need it with live chat support Day pass or monthly subscription available

9 When you do not need to call Instant messages – the alternative to talking Get an instant response IM when talking isn’t convenient Quickly send website links

10 SkypeOut allows Skype users to call traditional telephone numbers, mobile telephones for a fee

11 Online Number Your friends call a number and you pick up on Skype wherever you are in the world, from $18 for 3 month, voicemail included. Available in 23 countries

12 Videoconferencing All you need is a webcam High quality video with the latest Skype version Video calls are FREE More options for buisiness

13 Video Snapshot Make a snapshots of yourself and your friends during free video calls

14 Conference Calls Talk to more people on one call, Free if everyone's got Skype. Add people on phones with Skype Credit or at no extra cost with a subscription.

15 Skype on Mobile Devices Skype To Go Number Skype on mobile phones

16 Skype to Go Call friends and family from any phone A special access number you dial from any phone in your country

17 Skype on Mobile Phones Free Skype-to-Skype calls and IM with Verizon Wireless iPhone – use Skype everywhere over 3G or WIFI On any android smartphone version 2.1 or above

18 Skype Connect™ Make calls for less than 1 US cent a minute, by integrating Skype with your existing phone system. Skype connect can be integrated with the select phone systems.

19 Limitations Skype calls require high-speed internet Skype is not a replacement for your traditional telephone service and cannot be used for emergency calling SkypeOut and SkypeIn calls don’t carry the same fidelity experienced with Skype- to-Skype calls Microphone-headsets or speakerphones are needed with Skype

20 Skype Advantages Great education tool Videoconferencing Job interviews

21 Why the Interest in SKYPE Saving money (95%) Saving time Staying ahead

22 Similar Products ooVoo ( Free video chat. Chat from mobile to mobile, mobile to computer, and Mac ® to PC - call up to 6people at once! Google Talk – a growing competitor Google + some features as Skype

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