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Set up Skype on Windows, Mac OS® X, or PocketPC

See how to use Skype for secure chats and to connect using SkypeIn and SkypeOut

Here's the fun and easy way to understand all the hype about Skype and make this cool alternative communication system work for you! You'll get great advice about hardware, directions for downloading and installing Skype, ideas for using Skype in your business, and the lowdown on making Skype calls to people with old-fashioned phones.

Discover how to

  • Install Skype and start making calls
  • Create a contacts list
  • Set up voicemail and call forwarding
  • Use Skype for worldwide conference calls and Skypecasting
  • Enhance Skype with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi wireless, and video

About the Author

Loren Abdulezer is CEO and President of Evolving Technologies Corporation, a New York–based technology consulting firm. He is an experienced IT professional serving many Fortune 500 companies. Loren is the author of Excel Best Practices for Business and Escape from Excel Hell and served as technical editor of Crystal Xcelsius For Dummies, all published by Wiley. Loren is always exploring new technologies and finding pragmatic and innovative applications. When Skype came along he was quick to recognize its benefits in business and all walks of life. This book is a direct result of wanting to bring those benefits one step closer to a broader audience.

Susan Abdulezer is currently a full time Multimedia Developer in New York City. Susan creates interactive DVDs, documentaries, and Web-delivered media. She has received many honors for technology innovation, winning the prestigious Computerworld/Smithsonian Award in Technology and Academia in both 1996 and 1997. Susan has also written numerous feature articles on education and technology as the contributing editor of Converge Magazine from 1998 to 2002. Susan is active in the Digital Storytelling community, exploring the nature and power of the emerging digital culture. She has also been known to tear herself away from the computer to play classical violin in the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra.

Howard Dammond is an experienced IT professional and technical instructor, having consulted at several major Fortune 500 companies. Howard has 20-plus years of experience as a technical trainer and developer of innovative learning materials. His perspective on teaching and skills development was first inspired and then intensively developed at Yale University in its unique Master of Arts in Teaching program, where he focused on learning theory, the acquisition and nurture of analytic skills, and interdisciplinary methods of curriculum planning and development.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (January 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470048913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470048917
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Susan Abdulezer on January 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
Okay, I had to give it 5 stars since I co-wrote the book and I know all the research, reflection, editing and late nights that went into Skype for Dummies. But I also wanted to add a little personal note about Skype and why I wanted to write this book.

Skype is an amazing way to communicate. I don't use it exclusively (I use land lines, email and cell phones too). But I wanted to open up the possibilities of using a program that let's you talk, type in messages, conference, videoconference, transfer files all at the same time, in the same venue, exploding the idea of what it means to mingle electronically. My husband Loren (my co-author), and our friend Howard Dammond (my other co-author), used Skype constantly in the writing work flow. We'd develop an outline and send the file out (you can send files out to a whole bunch of people at once if they are in a Skype chat or conference with you). We'd each look at it, comment, paste in paragraphs, changes, suggestions and add live links in the chat window, and then get down to work. Our work flow was almost exclusively on Skype. This was true even when Loren was in the study and I was in the living room in the same apartment. It was faster to Skype a file and paste a paragraph into a chat than it was to email or print and walk the chapter over to the next room. We really hadn't anticipated how efficient this was (and grateful for that efficiency when deadlines loomed).

Skype had become part of our culture of communicating. We used it for work, play, to explore, to teach and to connect our far flung families.

On any given day, while I'm at work writing or researching on my computer, a little alert comes up inviting me to answer a Skype call. Not unusual...
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 3, 2007
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Skype is one of those applications that has completely rewritten the rules of an industry. No more does the phone company hold sway over who you can and can't communicate with, as well as how much it is going to cost you. Skype for Dummies by Loren & Susan Abdulezer and Howard Dammond gives an excellent guide to the product, as well as to many of the add-ons that regular users may not be aware of...

Contents:

Part 1 - Getting Started with Skype: What's All the Hoopla about Skype?; Hooking Up with Skype; Getting Familiar with Skype's Interface

Part 2 - As You Like It - Skype Your Way: Customizing Skype Options to Suit Your Style; Getting Personal; The Mad Chatter; Skyping Eye to Eye - Skype with Video; The Ins and Outs of SkypeIn and SkypeOut

Part 3 - Calling All Seasoned Skypers: Managing Your Messages; Partying On - On the Conference Line!; Spicing Things Up with Great Gadgets and Add-Ons

Part 4 - The Professional Skyper: "Skypifying" Your Business; Exploring Skype Communities; Skypecasting

Part 5 - The Part of Tens: Ten Reasons Your Mom (and Other Family) Will Love Skype; (Almost) Ten Ways to Promote Your Business Using Skype; Ten Ways to Use Skype at School

Appendix A: Skype Multilanguage Support; Appendix B: Skype Tips and Tricks Guide; Index

For the person who has never used Skype and doesn't know about VoIP telephony, this is a perfect, non-threatening introduction. There's enough background on why Skype is important and how it works without descending into complete geek-speak. The authors take you through download, installation, configuration, and your first call. If that's all it did, the book would be OK for a certain target audience, but fortunately it goes beyond that.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M. Archer on July 31, 2007
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I was interested in Skype only for video conferencing on a Macintosh computer,
in order to connect with a Windows machine across the state. It all worked just
as the book said it would, so I was quite pleased with it. I did not investigate the
telephone capacities.

I would recommend the book for anyone approaching Skype for the first time.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By mikeey on March 16, 2012
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I do not recomm this version of SKYPE FOR DUMMIES!! The copyright for this book is 2007. Skype's current version is 5.8 and nothing much matches the current description about using it. The figures in the book do not relate to the most recent version. It was a waste of my $$ to purchase this book as its almost worthless!!!
Its surprising that Amazon would be offering such a outdated book. I AM REALLY DISAPOINTED WITH THIS PURCHASE AND FEEL HAS DONE LITTLE TO HELP ME LEARNING SKYPE!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JoyR on August 12, 2011
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My skype was up and running in minutes. Very convenient and easy to use. Highly Recommend Skype and this book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By marj green on February 20, 2014
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The indexing could be much better and use terms that dummies would use rather than the technical terms or current popular descriptions. It took me over 30 minutes to find out how one views what the camera sees. It was all the way on page 116 under making a video call. And, then it was all the way to the bottom in a NOTE section. This is important, it should have its own section and called something that relates to viewing what the camera will be displaying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard on March 8, 2012
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OK this is a good book because I have the hardcover but it's also a copyright 2007 which means it's about 5 years old. The Kindle edition and the copyright are different so be careful with all the books you order in the Kindle store. Make sure you go into the book and check the copyright. How much do you think Skype has change in 5 years?
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