In This Chapter
Getting signed up for Skype
Connecting with Skype
Getting along with Skype
Everybody knows Skype, the instant text-messaging, long-distance, telephone-killing video-chatting program. Not everybody knows that it started as something of a hacker’s fantasy, about a decade ago, in Estonia. Two of the key players in getting Skype to market, Janus Friis from Denmark and Niklas Zennstrom from Sweden, spent their earlier years getting Kazaa — the notorious file-sharing program — off the ground.
In spite of appearances, Skype is a Microsoft product. One hundred percent.
Skype was once known as a long-distance phone killer, but it’s broadened enormously since then. In addition to voice, Skype also handles instant ...