Tips & Tricks

Learn new new tips, tricks, and shortcuts for making your Skype experience even better

Skype can make your long distance relationship easier

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When I went away to college, back in the mists of time (they had just invented fire), I was really distraught about leaving my boyfriend behind. He and I decided to go to different schools two hours apart. We would talk for hours on the phone, drop stupid amounts of money on calling cards, and … Read more

How to use Skype for more than catching up

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Hello there weary internet browser, take a load off your keyboard and let’s chat. Today I’m not going to give you any step by step instructions on how to do a specific thing with Skype. Instead I’d like to take a step back and talk a little bit about what Skype is for. We all … Read more

Skype group screen sharing is free

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Maybe this has happened to you. You’ve got a hilarious picture you’d like to show with your whole gang that’s just sitting there on your desktop. Or maybe you’re on a Skype call with your colleagues trying to explain a concept or show a calendar, and you’ve thought to yourself, I’d love to be able just … Read more

Use Skype to parent your college student from afar

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Being a parent is a life-long job. No matter whether our kids are toddlers or college students, we still have plenty of sage advice to offer. And college-aged kids – whether they’re freshmen moving into the dorms or seniors plotting their next steps – can still benefit from parental guidance. They won’t necessarily admit to … Read more

Taking a work call on vacation? If you must, make it easy.

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Vacation is precious. It’s wonderful to let the cares of work slip away to spend special time with your friends and family. But sometimes you just have to sneak away from the fun to take a work call. Maybe your family is just getting to be a little bit too much or you don’t think … Read more

You’ve got mail – how to update your contact email address on Skype

Here at Skype we’re serious about keeping people connected. It’s pretty much our raison d’etre. Whether it’s through instant messages, video calls, voicemails or video messages, we believe that having the right way to deliver your message is crucial to keeping your nearest and dearest close to you. We also like to stay connected with … Read more

Because I’m (happy) – having fun with Skype emoticons

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I enjoy a bit of Skype-based tomfoolery from time to time. Everybody needs to let their hair down once in a while, even this guy: Emoticons are a great way of having some fun with Skype. You can use them to express your every mood, whether you’re (happy), … Read more

International travel this summer? Call home with Skype

Travelling the world is a great way to spend a summer vacation. But how do you call home without costing yourself enormous sums of money on roaming fees and calling cards? Fortunately, with Skype, it’s easy. Make a free voice or video call If the person you’d like to call has a Skype account, once … Read more

How to send a message with the least possible actions

It’s no secret that I consider the three core actions of Skype to be adding a contact, sending a message and making a call. Whenever a version of Skype gets a big update I always make sure to describe how to do those three things to get you settled in. But I jumped ahead of … Read more

How to update Skype on your mobile phone

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Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella last week outlined his vision for the future of the company; he said that Microsoft is the “productivity and platform company for…the mobile first world.” He imagines the world as full of screens of all sizes, and says that every home screen on every ecosystem should have some of Microsoft’s services, … Read more

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