Skype: The Definitive Guide

Skype: The Definitive Guide


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Learn how to make free phone calls to more than 75 million people, and dirt-cheap phone calls to practically everyone else, anywhere on Earth! You can do it with Skype. This book will help you get started fast, with any computer: Windows, Mac, Linux, even Pocket PC. Then, take Skype to the limit, with SkypeIn, SkypeOut, instant messaging, secure file transfer, even video calling.

  • Set up and customize Skype in just minutes
  • Take Skype on the road—avoid expensive hotel phones and international calls
  • Transform your PC into a state-of-the-art Skype videophone
  • Troubleshoot Skype connections and audio quality
  • Discover even more ways to save money, simplify life, even build your business!

Written by Skype insiders, this is the only official guide to Skype. It's up-to-date, easy-to-use, quick, simple . . . and above all, FUN!

Bonus coverage for more experienced users: Skype architecture, security, and advanced configuration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780321409409
Publisher: Que
Publication date: 05/19/2006
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Harry Max is the CIO for Debix, Inc., a start-up focused on solutions for identity theft. As an early Web pioneer, Harry designed the first secure online shopping cart (Virtual Vineyards/ and founded Public Mind, a system for customer-driven innovation used by Pyra Labs (acquired by Google), Handspring, Foveon, Kontiki, the DMA, QuickArrow, and Skype. He has worked with Apple Computer, Silicon Graphics, HP, O'Reilly and Associates, SAP, and DreamWorks Animation.

Taylor Ray is an avid Skype user and former Deloitte & Touche consultant who now spends her time helping smart people become better understood. She has undergraduate degrees in linguistics and neuroscience and a graduate degree in adult education.


It's been many years since Brendan Kehoe wrote Zen and the Art of the Internet to demystify some of the key ideas behind 'the Net,' including how to use e-mail, share files, and create Web pages using HTML. When Zen and the Art of the Internet was published, was barely a year old. Can you imagine life without Amazon, Netflix, or Google?

More recently, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments about the legality of file sharing and whether it promotes innovation or invites theft from movie studios and record companies. Can you imagine modern music distribution without an MP3 player or iPod?

And indeed, this is where our story begins, because file sharing using advanced peer-to-peer networking technology is finally delivering on the promise of 'communicating with other nations as if it were a commonplace occurrence.' In the same way that the nature of e-mail transformed how we interact on a daily basis, Skype is now changing how and when we call one another, creating new habits of communication as a result.

Traditionally, the act of placing a telephone call required specialized equipment and a dedicated circuit-switched network that callers had to pay to use. Skype uses the Internet as the network, so callers make crystal-clear calls from computer to computer to anywhere in the world free of charge, or from computer to landline (or wireless) phone for a fraction of the cost. And in countries where the telephone infrastructure is outdated or not well developed, Skype makes the experience of calling to and from these places better. The process is reliable; the quality is better; and communicating is dramatically less expensive.

Skype is the fastest-growing communication service in the world, with more than 75 million registered users and more than 150,000 new users being added each day. Like the advent of e-mail, the Skype phenomenon is changing the way we communicate. It's changing how we organize communications and how we incorporate new technology into the patterns of our personal and professional lives.

Our hope is that this book will help you understand Skype and the basics of the technology. If you're not yet using Skype, this book provides easy-to-follow steps for installing and using it effectively. If you are already using Skype, this book shows you how other people are taking advantage of it and how to optimize your own use of Skype.

Target Audience for This Book

This book is both for people who are new to Skype and for existing Skype users who want to optimize their use of Skype. This book is designed to get new users up and running quickly on Skype, and for existing Skype users, this book offers a comprehensive explanation of Skype's features and functions. For network administrators and IT personnel, this book covers Skype's architecture and security model, as well as advanced configuration topics.

How This Book Is Organized

Chapters 1 and 2 present the essence of what you need to know to understand, install, configure, and use Skype using Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. Chapters 3 and 4 provide in-depth installation and configuration procedures for beginning computer users and for users of the Pocket PC and Linux operating systems. Chapter 5 describes how to use all of Skype's features and functions. Chapter 6 describes how Skype is being used all over the world, and Chapter 7 outlines the steps to take when Skype is not working properly. Appendixes A, B, and C cover more technical topics: the Skype architecture, security model, and advanced configuration.

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Skype(tm): The Definitive Guide 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PLEASE MAKE A SKYPE APP FOR THE NOOK TABLET!!!!! It can have IM and staus change features and just leave out the camera feature!!!! CLICK HELPFUL IF YOU AGREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thre needs to be Skype for the Nook Color. Just the chatting part anyways.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why won't they make an app that you can chat on?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They need to make a skype for the nook tablet, where you can vidoe chat, but with the vidoes. And the messaging part.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree that there needs to be the chatting part of skype gor the nookcolor
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why dont they make a skype app that would be better than a stupid book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ya i never really video chat on skype anyways so just a chatting app would be great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think they need an app i mean the chating part.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Needs to be an app
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a plain old skype CHAT free app would be nice....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would u mind getting a CHAT app for nook? Plz? Helpful if u agree.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There should be a skype app just for txting at least
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They just need the iming part for the nook simple touch
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont buy this book why would you buy it if you dont even have the app on the same device its just plain STUPID!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please make skype for the nook color. Just make it without the camera. After all who needs a camera to be able to type or talk. Right? Please take this seirously. It would make hundreds of people happy, and after all that would also mak ethe nook color more popular and tons of people have took time out of there day to write theses messages, and every minute of your day we need because you never know when the days will end. -From the people of the world
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please make the app!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WE NEED A SKYPE APP! At least just the chatting part! Come on B&N! Click "yes" if you agree!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know what would be helpful. I'd at least want a $1.00 skype app that dont even need vidio but would be helpful, on the other hand just chat will be fine. Click helpful if you agree!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant belive how much it cost to get this thats messed up
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Althiugh it is epic, it sucks. Agree or disagree? ( click yes if you agree and hit no if you disagree. Trollololololololol (Look it up)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How are we supposed to use these skype books if we dint have the app to go along with it? Urghhh so frustrating
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We do get to have it on our nook tablet so why would we care are you with me. Also if u say yes your saying yes to a 10 year old girl.