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Skype for Dummiesby Loren Abdulezer
Synopses & Reviews
What the book covers: Why is Skype suddenly so popular? There are several reasons: It is simple to use. You just download it, hook in your headset/microphone to your computer, and you’ re ready to talk to other Skype users around the world. It is free and convenient. Just go to any computer with Skype, log in, and send and receive calls. There are no charges for Skype calls. There are no advertisements or pop-up screens. Communications are encrypted and secure.
For most people, it's a no-brainer. All you need is a computer with Internet access, a headset or microphone, and you’ re ready to go. The real reason Skype is taking the field by storm is because it is changing people's lives. Skype provides a very convenient venue for connecting people, and makes it very easy for people who haven't spoken in years to casually connect.
Although the technology is simple, there are some complexities when you go beyond making simple calls. Skype For Dummies covers call forwarding, voice mail, and conference calling. It explains the use of two very popular and important Skype features: SkypeIn (a real phone number for your friends and associates, but you pick up the call in Skype) and SkypeOut (calls to regular and mobile phones from Skype). It tells readers how to install and configure Skype for use on different platforms and on various mobile connections. It provides information on different hardware configurations and add-ons with tips on troubleshooting any problems. Also, Skype For Dummies talks about using this technology in a business setting, including some implementations that can be used to reduce help desk costs and automate surveys and interviews. The new version ofSkype includes video calling, and the book tells how you can easily install and configure this new feature. A dedicated web site keeps the book up to date as Skype adds new features.
Series features: This title will have the unique For Dummies style to get reader's up to speed in a fun and informative manner.
See how to use Skype for secure chats and connect SkypeOut and SkypeIN. Here's the fun and easy way (r) to understand all the hype about Skype and make this cool alternative communication system work for you! You'll get great advice about hardware, directions for downloading and installing Skype, ideas for using Skype in your business, and the lowdown on making Skype calls to people with old-fashioned phones.
Discover how to:
Set up Skype on Windows, Mac OS(r) X, or PocketPC See how to use Skype for secure chats and to connect using SkypeIn and SkypeOut Here's the fun and easy way to understand all the hype about Skype and make this cool alternative communication system work for you! You'll get great advice about hardware, directions for downloading and installing Skype, ideas for using Skype in your business, and the lowdown on making Skype calls to people with old-fashioned phones. Discover how to * Install Skype and start making calls * Create a contacts list * Set up voicemail and call forwarding * Use Skype for worldwide conference calls and Skypecasting * Enhance Skype with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi wireless, and video
About the Author
Loren Abdulezer is CEO and President of Evolving Technologies Corporation, a New York–based technology consulting firm. He is an experienced IT professional serving many Fortune 500 companies. Loren is the author of Excel Best Practices for Business and Escape from Excel Hell and served as technical editor of Crystal Xcelsius For Dummies, all published by Wiley. Loren is always exploring new technologies and finding pragmatic and innovative applications. When Skype came along he was quick to recognize its benefits in business and all walks of life. This book is a direct result of wanting to bring those benefits one step closer to a broader audience.
Susan Abdulezer is currently a full time Multimedia Developer in New York City. Susan creates interactive DVDs, documentaries, and Web-delivered media. She has received many honors for technology innovation, winning the prestigious Computerworld/Smithsonian Award in Technology and Academia in both 1996 and 1997. Susan has also written numerous feature articles on education and technology as the contributing editor of Converge Magazine from 1998 to 2002. Susan is active in the Digital Storytelling community, exploring the nature and power of the emerging digital culture. She has also been known to tear herself away from the computer to play classical violin in the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra.
Howard Dammond is an experienced IT professional and technical instructor, having consulted at several major Fortune 500 companies. Howard has 20-plus years of experience as a technical trainer and developer of innovative learning materials. His perspective on teaching and skills development was first inspired and then intensively developed at Yale University in its unique Master of Arts in Teaching program, where he focused on learning theory, the acquisition and nurture of analytic skills, and interdisciplinary methods of curriculum planning and development.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started with Skype.
Chapter 1: What’s All the Hoopla about Skype?
Chapter 2: Hooking Up with Skype.
Chapter 3: Getting Familiar with Skype’s Interface.
Part II: As You Like It: Skype Your Way.
Chapter 4: Customizing Skype Options to Suit Your Style.
Chapter 5: Getting Personal.
Chapter 6: The Mad Chatter.
Chapter 7: Skyping Eye to Eye: Skype with Video.
Chapter 8: The Ins and Outs of SkypeIn and SkypeOut.
Part III: Calling All Seasoned Skypers.
Chapter 9: Managing Your Messages.
Chapter 10: Partying On — On the Conference Line!
Chapter 11: Spicing Things Up with Great Gadgets and Add-Ons.
Part IV: The Professional Skyper.
Chapter 12: “Skypifying” Your Business.
Chapter 13: Exploring Skype Communities.
Chapter 14: Skypecasting.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 15: Ten Reasons Your Mom (and Other Family) Will Love Skype.
Chapter 16: (Almost) Ten Ways to Promote Your Business Using Skype.
Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Use Skype at School.
Appendix A: Skype Multilanguage Support.
Appendix B: Skype Tips and Tricks Guide.
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