Whilst the world got smaller, we learnt that communication is an integral component for success. And with the pace we are moving, everything has to be in real-time. Anything short of that will just not make the cut. So introducing Skype – a friendly enough little standalone software but coming with a huge pout of technical advantage. It is a proficient second generation VoIP which allows for communication to any IP address, mobile an landline on an international platform be it through video conferencing capability. All you need is a half-decent webcam and a headset.CHEAP, Cheap, cheap!
Making calls from Skype to Skype users is free! No really – not a dime out of your pocket. Beyond that, there are various payment packages catered for other services such as calls to mobile and landlines, text messaging and group video calls. Through its P2P (peer-to-peer) technology you can not only connect with other users but also enjoy free file transfer and instant messaging.B2B
This softphone has numerous advantages for the consumer and commercial market alike. But where once it was launched with the general consumer in mind, Skype has now branched out and is listening to their commercial clients and what their needs are. Recently their Screen share feature has met with great appreciation all round. Its added value to business calls allows streamline exchange of ideas. And for those on the move, there is now a tailored option whereby all Skype calls can be forwarded to any phone.Bloopers
The real cherry on the cake would be consistency on quality – but that tends to be a grey area. The only real downfall with Skype is how call quality will vary. Although calls from one PC to the other are fairly good, PC to other media tends to falter.Final Note
All in all, this popular standalone software redeems itself through its alluring features, its adaption to clients needs and because it is on the whole a very affordable means of keeping in touch. Whether it is just about staying in touch with loved ones living near and far or as an essential communicative tool for business, Skype still stands strong and we can only look forward to more improvements in time.