What is Skype and How to use the video meeting platform|Generation X

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What is Skype?

Skype is a telecommunications best known for videoconferencing and voice calls. It’s a division of Microsoft founded in 2003 by Skype communications. It allows you to send file transfers, make voice phone calls or use the video platform on android phones and windows desktops. 

To utilize skype on your desktop, you must visit their download Skype page, choose which device you would like to download the program and click install. 

Once you download the application, you can set up an account using your Microsoft email and password. Once your account is set up, you can customize your Skype profile with a picture and other information to help users find and know more about you. 

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What value does skype offer?

Skype offers a free service calling service for skype to skype users. For a premium service subscription, Skype allows you to call anywhere in the world, send text messages, or make calls to a landline. The premium services start at $2.99 a month. This service may save money from cell phone carriers charging roaming fees for international calls if you produce multiple business calls worldwide.

Skype allows video meetings to last up to 24 hours which sets this program apart from the newly introduced zoom, which only allows meetings up to 40 minutes.  It allows up to 100 members to join a meeting and is free for this service. It’s compatible with Linux, Windows, Xbox, IOS, mac, and Alexa devices. Zoom is only compatible with Mac, Android, Linux, IOS, and windows. 

Skype protects its users by offering a solid reputation for security. 

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Where does skype rank in video conferencing in 2022?

Software testing help shows Skype ranked #10 in video conferencing in 2022. 

Because Skype was one of the first video conferencing platforms to be introduced in 2003, it is a familiar brand and name that a user would recognize and trust. 

One of the top ten issues I identified in the previous blog post was the platform’s ease of use. 

Skype has several ways to use its platform, including directly from its webpage, installing it, or using it on your mobile device. 

The instructions are easy to follow, so if you are not tech-savvy, you will still be successful with this application with little to no confusion.

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Video becomes the IN-PERSON platform of 2022.

Video conferencing is a popular way to interact with other people with a visual acknowledgment that brings a more personal aspect to communication than email or text. Unlike email or text, where emotion can be misunderstood, video can clearly show how a person thinks or feels about the content they digest because visual cues are present. 

In 2022, following the pandemic, when people were working from home with limited contact with their peers, video became the popular solution to in-person meetings. 

While using video to communicate, adapting to personalities and how they communicate is essential to its success. It provides a platform for positive feedback on the group objectives with real-time interactions that give a better understanding of the dynamics the group is experiencing. 

A group’s four primary phases are Forming, storming, norming, and performing. Descriptive group problem-solving is fueled by interaction.

Video platforms provide this interaction with a personal approach to this process, similar to in-person contact.

And while groups meet through video, they can establish the ten most essential elements of communication in the same way they would in person. 

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