Skype (News - Alert), a peer-to-peer VoIP calling application, has changed communications in a big way. Today, it is possible to call anyone within the same network or long distance through Skype. Moreover, if the computer has a webcam, then it is even possible to see someone and talk to them.
In a globalized world, Skype has made it possible for individuals living in different parts of the world to see and talk to their relatives. In this sense, it has erased physical boundaries, and has helped to bring families closer. From a business' perspective, Skype has helped them to save on costs. When employees can talk to other employees or to clients over a Skype video call, it eliminates the need for travel, thereby saving money on travel costs for the company. Furthermore, Skype audio and video calls are free when users need only a limited set of features, and for others who want to use its entire feature set, a nominal fee is charged. This low cost and convenience has made Skype a preferred tool for personal and professional communication.
While it is a great communication tool, there are some etiquette that should be kept in mind while using it. Firstly, it is always a good idea to message a person or inform him or her through email before calling. This note will ensure that the user is not disrupting anyone from an important work. At the same time, when users are on a call, they should refrain from multi-tasking. Skype calls should have the undivided attention of users to help them make the most of it. These are simple changes that one should make to ensure Skype calling is enjoyable and productive for everyone.
In short, Skype is a popular application for communication and it comes with many convenient features. However, it is up to the users to make the most of it.
Edited by Alisen Downey