Skype Nanny needed?
[Russell Shaw](http://blogs.zdnet.com/ip-telephony/?p=728) links to [Network World's Steve Taylor and Larry Hettick](http://www.networkworld.com/newsletters/converg/2005/1031convergence1.html?fsrc=rss-convergence) and asks,
> what about a Skype Nanny to monitor your Skype service, watch out for security alerts, perform tweaks, download and install patches, updates, cool third-party apps?
Some people would add “personal support” to this list also.
We certainly have work remaining to do to make the installation and upgrade processes smoother. And until we get to standalone Skype devices, running Skype assumes you know at least a little bit of how to run a computer (or have someone do it for you), even though Skype is one of the easiest things you can install and run. We often get stories of moms or grandmas whose kids install Skype for them and they’ve been hooked ever since.
That being said, Skype never assumed to do things solely on its own. We can’t afford have “Skype technicians” going to people’s homes in 200 countries, as that would be too expensive and raise the cost for all our users. We’re good at building a calling platform, and this is what we focus on. We know there’s a whole lot more than that to a great calling experience, and this is why we continue to create a [partner network](http://www.skype.com/partners/current/) throughout various countries and business areas who help us provide local(ised) distribution, support, devices and all that, and come back to us with ideas of what Skype itself can do better. If you’re thinking of joining the line of our partners, [check out the current partnership options](http://www.skype.com/partners/) and keep checking back, as the list of services and opportunities keeps growing.