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Skype Me! From Single User to Small Enterprise and Beyond

Book Description

This book is divided into four parts. Part I begins with several chapters on the basics of Skype. Here the reader learns how to install and configure Skype on several platforms including Windows, Max OSX, Linux, and PocketPC. The reader will also learn how to begin making voice over IP calls immediately. Part II deals with the more advanced features of Skype. Here the reader learns how to use Skype on new “Skype Ready” cell phones, use Skype for more advanced, business-oriented tasks such as scheduling and file transfers, as well as using SkypeOut. Part III discusses how to integrate Skype with third party networking, communication, and security devices such as routers, firewalls, and mail servers, as well as using the brand new Skype for Business. Part IV covers the Skype Application Programming Interface, Plug-ins, Add-ons, and third party tools. Here the reader learns to develop and customize their own applications using the new, powerful, Skype API.

* Skype has over 70,000,0000 users worldwide, and 13 forums with over 25,000 members
* Skype's Application Programming Interface (API) allows users to develop their own applications and customize Skype with the information found in this book
* Makrus Daehne is one of the most recognized and respected authorities on Skype and he is the forum moderator on the Skype Web site

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Copyright
  5. Syngress Acknowledgments
  6. Lead Author and Technical Editor
  7. Technical Editor
  8. Contributing Authors
  9. Foreword Contributor
  10. Foreword
  11. Table of Contents
  12. Part I: Getting Started with Skype
    1. Chapter 1: An Overview of Skype
      1. What Is All the Hype about Skype?
      2. What Are VoIP, Voice Chat, or Voice Calls?
      3. Skype Architecture (Basic)
      4. Peer-to-Peer Technology (Basic)
      5. Peer-to-Peer Conferencing (Basic/Advanced)
      6. Skype Options (Basic)
      7. Skype Security (Basic)
    2. Chapter 2: Installing Skype
      1. Requirements to Make Voice Calls (Basic and Advanced)
      2. Connection Types
      3. Testing Your Existing Setup
      4. Installing Skype for Windows
      5. Installing Skype for Pocket PC
      6. Installing Skype for Mac OS X
      7. Installing Skype for Linux
    3. Chapter 3: Getting Started Using Skype
      1. Signing Up As a User
      2. Adding or Searching for Contacts
      3. Starting a Chat
      4. Making a Test Call
      5. Making Your First Call
      6. Inviting Others to Join Skype
      7. Setting Your Status
      8. Basic Options
    4. Chapter 4: Basic Features of Skype
      1. Selecting or Changing Your Language
      2. Understanding Skype’s Status Icons
      3. Using Chat or Instant Messaging
      4. Handling File Transfers
      5. Making Voice Calls
      6. Managing Contacts
      7. Importing Contacts
    5. Chapter 5: Common Uses for Skype
      1. Talking with Family and Friends for Free or Low Cost
      2. Lower-Cost Long Distance
      3. Alternative to Plain Old Instant Messaging
      4. Running Multiple Instances of Skype on One System
  13. Part II: Taking Skype to the Next Level
    1. Chapter 6: Advanced Features of Skype
      1. Advanced Settings
      2. Advanced Architecture
      3. Advanced Peer-to-Peer Technology
      4. SkypeOut
      5. SkypeIn
      6. Other Advanced Topics
    2. Chapter 7: Software Add-ons for Skype
      1. Expanding Skype’s Capabilities
      2. Voice Mail
      3. Recording Skype Calls
      4. Integrating with Outlook
      5. SMS Text Messaging
      6. Forwarding Your Skype Calls
      7. SkypeCasting
      8. Skype Web Toolbars
      9. Other Plug-ins
    3. Chapter 8: Hardware Add-ons for Skype
      1. How to Use This Chapter
      2. Headsets, Microphones, and Speakers
      3. Telephone Gateways
      4. Telephone Adapters
      5. Speaker Phones
      6. Other Hardware
    4. Chapter 9: Getting the Most out of Skype
      1. Using Skype without Sitting at Your Computer
      2. Using Skype with Your Local and Long Distance Phone Service
      3. Making Video Calls with Skype
    5. Chapter 10: Being Mobile with Skype
      1. Using Skype with Your Laptop
      2. Using Skype with Pocket PCs
      3. Using Skype with Wireless Pocket PCs
      4. USB Phones for the Mobile Traveler
      5. Finding WiFi Hotspots
  14. Part III: Implementing Skype in an Enterprise Environment
    1. Chapter 11: Setting Up Skype in the Workplace
      1. A Word about SIP and H.323
      2. Skype Architecture
      3. Security
      4. Performance Considerations
    2. Chapter 12: Business Uses for Skype
      1. Help Desks
      2. WiFi Phones
      3. Callto: Tricks
      4. Other Uses
      5. A Word about Security
    3. Chapter 13: Skype Firewall and Network Setup
      1. A Word about Network Address Translation and Firewalls
      2. What You Need to Know about Configuring Your Network Devices
      3. Ports Required for Skype
      4. Using Proxy Servers and Skype
      5. How to Block Skype in the Enterprise
  15. Part IV: Customizing Skype
    1. Chapter 14: The Skype API
      1. What Is the Skype API?
      2. The Skype API for Windows
      3. The Skype API for Mac OS X
      4. The Skype API for Linux
      5. The Skype API for SkypeNet
      6. The Skype API for SkypeWeb
      7. Some Simple API Tricks
  16. Part V: Skype in the Future
    1. Chapter 15: Future Skype-Enabled Devices
      1. Skype Routers (ATAs)
      2. Skype-Enabled Telephones
      3. Skype WiFi Telephones
      4. Skype-Enabled Cell Phones
      5. Skype USB Telephones
      6. Skype PBX Gateways
      7. A Skype Wish List
  17. Index
  18. Instructions for online access