Most people are aware of what Skype is and may have had the need or chance to use it, and realize the benefits it offers. Skype is in use across the world and is the most extensively used tool to keep in touch with friends, family, and business associates through the Internet. One is able to send Instant Messages or make calls just like using a phone, to anyone located anywhere on the globe. All that is required is that the person whom you are trying to get in touch with should be connected through the Internet and have access to Skype on his PC, laptop, and tablet.
Now Skype is available in an enhanced version, which can be downloaded and accessed by those who bought Windows 8 earlier, when it was launched. Every person will now be able to contact his or her Skype friends who figure on the People Hub. You can simply log into the service either by using the Microsoft account or the current Skype account. You cannot rule out the possibility of both being merged together in the near future. However, the great thing is that you can send messages to people who still have Microsoft Messenger. You can also receive calls through Skype and texts on chat since you are entitled to get alerts on your screen informing you about the call you are about to receive.
It is not just for Microsoft, Skype is optimized to be used by the Galaxy Tab from Samsung, the Nexus 10 from Google, the Asus and a few others. You can now have Skype’s 3.0 version downloaded onto your tablet where it will appear as a tab on the left side showing you the contact list and the details of the most recent calls. The right top corner features the phone dialer, settings and search options. The video calls that you make have more crisp images, hence talking to friends and family is going to be fun. Microsoft has made sure that Skype features the latest SILK codecs that have been updated and integrated with human speech and compatible with various speeds of internet. You can now make overseas calls through WiFi with a call clarity that is amazing.
You need to keep in mind that the app is bound to be a bit slow and takes not less than 10 seconds before the lingering splash screen vanishes. If you go to Google Play store you will find the latest updates for Skype and you are allowed to make free Skype to Skype video calls, for calling other phones you will be charged very nominal rates. You can contact anyone irrespective of whether he or she is using an Android, Apple’s iPhone, Mac or any PC. Contact friends and family located anywhere through Instant Messages. The voice calls and text messages won’t be prohibitively expensive. Additionally, you can also send your favorite pictures and video clippings to any of the contacts you find on your list.
Overall, the launch of the new version of Skype is a good sign, more so as it is compatible with Windows Phone 8 and everyone already having Messenger will have automatic access. The greatest advantage though is that there is no cost involved, hence a lot of calls and messages can be expected this holiday season.