Chapter 2

Using Skype in Windows 10

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Finding Skype

check Getting signed up for Skype

check Connecting with Skype

check 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.

askwoody Microsoft bought Skype, lock, stock, and barrel camera, in 2011, for a paltry $8.5 billion — yes, that’s billion with a b. The brass moved to Redmond, but most of the techies are still in Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia.

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 ...

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