Skype is known as a telecommunications application software that provides voice calls and video chat from computers, tablets, and mobile devices through the Internet to other devices or telephones or smart phones. In addition, users of Skype can send instant messages, exchange files and images, record and send video messages, and establish conference calls. Skype is accessible for download onto computers that run Microsoft Windows, Linux, or Mac. This is also the case for Android, iOS, Blackberry, and Windows Phone smart phones and tablets. A lot of Skype’s services are free but users need Skype Credit or a subscription to phone landline or mobile numbers.
In August 2003, Skype was first released. It was created by Dane Janus Friis and Swede Niklas Zennström in collaboration with Estonians Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jaan Tallinn, who developed the backend that was also used in the music-sharing application, Kazaa. eBay, in September 2005, acquired Skype for $2.6 billion. By September 2009, Silver Lake, Andreessen Horowitz, and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board announced the acquisition of 65% of Skype for $1.9 billion from eBay. In May 2011, Skype was later acquired by Microsoft for $8.5 billion. The Skype division of Microsoft headquarters is located in Luxembourg. However, most of the development team and 44% of the general employees of the division are still in Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia.
Skype gives users the ability to communicate by voice through a microphone, video through a webcam, and instant messaging via the Internet. Skype-to-Skype calls to other users are free to use. On the other hand, calls to landline telephones and mobile phones through traditional telephone networks are charged through a debit based user account system called Skype Credit.
Dissimilar to other VoIP services, Skype is a hybrid peer-to-peer and client-server system. It utilizes background processing on computers that run Skype software and this is evident in original proposed name of Skype of Sky Peer-to-Peer.
Notably, some network administrators have removed Skype on their corporate, education, government, and home networks for reasons of excessive bandwidth usage, inappropriate usage of resources, and even security concerns.
In order for you to download Skype, all you would require is a computer or a mobile device with an internet connection. You would also need an existing web browser program like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer.
The main advantage of a Skype download is that it can be used to communicate with others seamlessly, without the added local or even international charges. All you have to contend with are the Internet surfing fees.
Described below are the procedural steps and pictures to help you in your Skype download.
• Open a web browser program and go to the Google home page at www.google.com. For your free Skype download, type “Skype” and click on the “Skype | Free calls to friends and family” search result. Moreover, you can also go straight to www.skype.com.
• Note there is no assurance that the page will appear as it does on picture number 1.
• Once you have loaded the site, you will see the free Skype download page as in picture number 2. Click on the “Download Skype” link.
• You will then be shown this next page in picture number 3, which is the kind of device you will be doing the Skype free download in, as well as the platform you will be using. Choose Computer, Mobile, Tablet, Home phones, TV, or More devices, depending on your need. In this case, let us choose Computer. In terms of the platform, you can pick Windows, Mac, or Linux. In this instance, you can select Windows. So click on “Get Skype for Windows desktop.”
• A pop-up message will show as in picture number 4. It will ask you to choose where to save your set-up file. Choose the folder where you want to save your Skype download for Windows 7 file then click on “Save.”
• As soon as you have saved the file, wait until it downloads on your device. Once it has saved on your device, double click on the SkpeSetup.exe icon to continue your installation, like in picture number 5.
• According to your security settings, your computer will ask if you want to run the SkypeSetup.exe file. Just click on the “Run” link if available.
• You have to ensure that you are connected to the Internet throughout, as Skype will guide you through the installation process of Skype on your device. As soon as you are done, congratulations, you have successfully downloaded Skype!