Skypo chat

Everyone knows what it means to "skype"—it's the modern verb for internet phone calls and video conferencing, all on the cheap (sometimes even when you're not using the Skype service itself).

No matter the mobile or desktop OS you use, there's a version of Skype that can connect you to friends, loved ones, and business associates far and wide.

One place you won't find Skype much anymore is smart TVs—you may still find it on older models, but after 2016 Microsoft pulled the plug on further development there.

Skype is always free to get, and free for calls between Skype users—you don't pay until you layer in extras, some of which are particularly powerful for business users.

Apple's Face Time, Facebook Messenger, Google Duo, oo Voo, Kik, Whats App, and many more integrate voice and video calling, especially on smartphones.

Making a call can be as easy as double-clicking on a name in your contacts list, but Skype can do much more. My Account (which takes you to a web page) find the Caller ID settings and put in a number—your cell, your Skype number if you have one, your home landline, whatever.

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Some are hard coded (like answer call, answer with video, hang up, and decline call); the rest you can assign a hot key of your choosing.We all know Caller ID isn't always displayed on the other end of a call, but when it is, it'll show the number you selected.If the user maps the number to your name in contacts, it'll show your name.(You can also send a picture you've already taken, take a new pic to send, send your location, or send contacts in your list to that particular Skype contact.) Be sure to explicitly send the video after you stop recording, or you just recorded it for nothing.There are lots of reasons to have multiple Skype accounts—one for work and one for play being the most obvious. With one launched, go to the command line (hit Windows Key R) and type either Calls, and check the box to "Answer incoming calls automatically" plus "Start my video automatically when I am in a call." Then, use that first Skype account to make a call to the second—instant video monitor on the scene to spy on the baby sitter, pets, kids, you name it.No matter what, the ability to record calls you make or receive over the Windows desktop version of Skype couldn't be easier.

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