Skype Instant Messaging on Windows 8

Skype Instant Messaging

Windows 8 is the latest operating system offered by Microsoft. While everyone else is upgrading their computer and laptop units, people like you who use Windows 8 need to get the ball rolling now with Skype instant messaging!

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How to Call Phones via Skype

Call Phones via Skype

While Skype offers many options on how to call them, here is how to do it using their Dial Pad. Here is how to call phones via Skype:

1. Start your Skype! Login by typing your account information

2. At the left corner of your Skype Home, there would be a blue “new call” icon. Begin by tapping or clicking it. Read More …

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How To Start Skype Screen Sharing

Skype Screen Sharing

What is Screen Sharing?

Screen sharing is one of the coolest features of Skype which enables Skype users to hold virtual collaborations and tutorials innovatively with each other for FREE. When you share your screen with someone from your contact list, you may choose to run and show any app, programs, or even let the other person see what you browse on the web.

Easy Steps for Skype Screen Sharing

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Getting Started in Skype for Windows 8

Skype for Windows 8

Windows 8.1 is already here! And of course, lovely Skype will not leave us so it has now a new version specially built for Windows 8.1

Here are four guides for different people who want to fully grasp how to use Skype in Windows 8.

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For Clear Skype Connection, Check your Bandwidth Now!

Clear Skype Connection

Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) requires minimum bandwidth in order to get the best out of communicating over the web.

To avoid interruption when calling someone or when you record Skype video calls, you need to make sure that your internet bandwidth meets the minimum download and upload speeds per type of call you make.

Call type

Minimum download
/ upload speed

Recommended download
/ upload speed


30kbps / 30kbps

100kbps / 100kbps

Video calling /
Screen sharing

128kbps / 128kbps

300kbps / 300kbps

Video calling

400kbps / 400kbps

500kbps / 500kbps

Video calling

1.2Mbps / 1.2Mbps

1.5Mbps / 1.5Mbps

Group video
(3 people)

512kbps / 128kbps

2Mbps / 512kbps

Group video
(5 people)

2Mbps / 128kbps

4Mbps / 512kbps

Group video
(7+ people)

4Mbps / 128kbps

8Mbps / 512kbps

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How to Update Your Skype Profile Picture and Status

Skype profile picture

Changing your Skype profile picture and status lets you personalize your Skype experience. It’s easy. Let’s get started!

Change your status!

Posting a status updates your friends on what’s going on with you or if you’re available to talk. Statuses are an easy way to communicate to your friends to let them know if they can chat or call with you right away.  There are two options available on the list, available and invisible. The status available will let you appear as online in your contacts list, while invisible status is like saying “I’m unavailable right now”. Ready to change your status? Let me guide you in changing your status by these simple steps: Read More …

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Using Skype on Windows 8

Windows 8 is the latest Operating System offered by Windows. It offers a different kind of experience even when you use Skype. If it’s your first time to use Skype on Windows 8, you might need to familiarize yourself first with its different look. But yes, it still has your favorite Skype features, of course. Whether you want to reach your friends or want to adjust your settings, the friendliness and functionality of Skype remains when used on a Windows 8 device.

Getting started

For your desktop, download the latest Skype for Windows. The Skype version for Windows 8 desktop is currently worked on, but you don’t have to worry since this works well on Windows 8, too. Once you’ve signed in, the icon of Skype for Windows desktop will appear in the Start screen together with your other apps. Read More …

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Troubleshooting Your Skype Connection

Skype Connection

You can’t wait to get home and log into Skype to talk to your loved ones. You hurry up after work and rush through traffic. The minute you open the door to your place, you immediately head to your laptop. You turn it on and you log onto Skype.

Then, 10, 20, 30, 60 seconds passed and your Skype connection still isn’t working. You give it a few more minutes and all you get is that grey thing that endlessly circles on your screen.

Yes, this scenario can be very frustrating. But this doesn’t mean that there’s nothing you can do to connect to Skype for Windows 8. Here are some tips you can follow:

1. Check thrice, not once or twice.

It is possible that you might be having problems with your internet connection (i.e. slow download/upload speed), especially if you’re hooked up to a Wi-Fi network. So check your Skype application at least three times. Take a look at the cables connecting the modem and the phone line.

2. Start anew.

This simply means that you uninstall the Skype application in your computer and then, install it back. In the Start screen, you will need to press and hold the Skype for Windows 8 tile. Tap or click ‘Uninstall Skype’. Once the software has been removed from your system, visit the Skype website, look for the download button, and then install Skype again.

3. What’s stoppin’ you?

If the previous two solutions suggested so far still do not work, it wouldn’t hurt if you check other things that might be causing your problem. If you have your computer’s firewall and anti-virus installed, try unblocking Skype from your security program. Then, restart your PC and login to Skype again.

4. Keep up the pace.

Software applications need to be updated once in a while to make sure they work optimally. Maybe your Skype just needs to be installed with the latest update for it to work. Click on Help and then, click for the ‘Check for Updates’ button.

PS: You may want to download a free Skype recorder, just to be sure you have a copy of your calls for next time. Try it now!

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What is Skype? [Skype Basics]

Skype Basics

So what is Skype?

Skype is a software application initially released in August 29, 2003. It was later on developed by Microsoft Skype Division. It enables millions of its registered users to avail Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls for FREE and lets you avail group video calls, calls to landline telephones, mobile phones, and transfer files over the internet, plus you may also get Skype features for your TV at a considerably low cost!

The software display varies according to what device you are using, whether that be Mac, iPhone, Windows 8, Windows Desktop, Android and iPad. To use Skype, you need to have a high-speed home broadband, a webcam, a microphone and speakers.

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Skype Texting: No Phone? No Problem!

skype texting

Mobile phones aren’t the only gadgets that can send SMS text messages. With Skype, other gadgets like laptops or tablets can send SMS too. All you need is an internet connection cause Skype texting makes it possible. If you don’t know how to send SMS text messages via Skype, let me teach you. But before that, make sure that you have enough Skype credits.

Sending SMS to people in your contact list

  1. To send SMS text messages to people on your contact list, first you need to start Skype.
  2. Once Skype has started, choose the person on your contact list you want to send the message to. Read More …
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2 Easy Ways To Join Skype

Join Skype

Maybe you’re too amazed with Skype now and you want to join?

You can join Skype through your Microsoft account or as a regular account user. With your Microsoft account, you can connect with your Microsoft contacts and will have a better security features. Just never forget your password!

Your Microsoft account should be linked to your e-mail address and password that you’re using in any services like HotMail, Messenger, SkyDrive, Windows Phone, XBOX Live or Outlook.

For Microsoft account users, here’s how:

  1. Go to the Join us page in Skype’s website.
  2. Click Microsoft Account
  3. The Microsoft Sign In page will appear. If you’re already have a Microsoft account, simply sign in. If you don’t have a Microsoft account yet, just click the Sign Up Now button before registering to Skype.
  4. The Sign Up page will appear. Fill up the necessary fields, then click I Accept. It is advisable to add your phone number and a security question to ensure a safer and more secure Microsoft and Skype experience for you. Don’t forget to visit your e-mail to validate your account so that you can use it smoothly.
  5. You’re now signed in to your account and logged in to Skype. You can now start making some calls, adding some contacts and even record audio and video calls.

For those joining with a regular account, here’s how:

  1. Go to the Join us page in Skype’s website.
  2. Fill up the profile details. Be sure to use a valid e-mail in because you will need this in case you forget your password. Also, you will receive important Skype updates and announcement in your e-mail.
  3. Enter your Skype name. This should only be 6 to 32 characters long and should start with a letter and should only contain letters, numbers, commas, dashes, underscores and full stops.
  4. Enter your password. Your password should be 6 to 20 characters long and should contain at least a letter and a number.
  5. Read (Yes, I know) Skype’s Term of Use and Privacy Policy then click I Agree-Continue.
  6.  You’re now successfully signed in to Skype. You can now start making some calls, adding some contacts and even record audio and video calls.

Now that you’re signed in to Skype, you can now use it in your computer, tablet or smartphone, anywhere and anytime. You can also link your Skype to your other accounts like Facebook.

Enjoy your Skype experience!

Skype is a great video and audio calling application. You can even record Skype calls using Supertintin, the leading Skype recorder now. Visit for more information about this great product.

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Skype Features You Can Use to Increase Office Productivity

Skype FeaturesWhile popular among many as the application of choice for communicating with far-flung loved ones, numerous businesses are taking advantage of the many fantastic Skype features it offers.

If you and your co-workers are spending a lot of time in front of the computer screen, you might as well consider utilizing the convenience of instant messaging. Read on and learn about different features you can utilize to increase productivity in the workplace:   Read More …

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Making Yourself Easy to Find on Skype [Skype Profile]

Skype Profile

If you want to be able to really enjoy using Skype as your instant messenger of choice, you have to know every widget or feature that can help you do just that.

There are call forwarding options and Skype add-ons that you can use so you can stay in touch with your friends and loved ones wherever you are. Another way to make your experience all the more fun is to make yourself easy to find on Skype. How do you do that?

1. Include as much information about you as possible.

This doesn’t mean that you’re going to jeopardize your safety online. You only need to include information that can help your friends and other people find your Skype profile. This can include your complete name and the city or town you live in. If you go by a different name or have a popular penname, you can use this instead.

2. Provide a clear and recent picture of yourself.

Of course, it’ll be much easier for other people to recognize the owner of any profile. An image of you will also invalidate any doubt your friends or colleagues may have on the profile they find when they search your name. Similarly, you’ll be able to add more Skype contacts into your account because people will easily recognize you when you send them contact requests.

If you don’t know how to change your profile picture or edit the information on your account, it’s best to read up about it online. You’ll also be able to find other useful information about Skype usage through

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Skype’s Surprising Search Bar [Skype Search]

Skype Search

Did you know that the Skype Search Bar in your toolbar can be used in so many ways?

For Mac users, here are just some things you can find using the Search Bar: Read More …

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How to Do Skype Screenshots for Different Operating Systems

Skype Screenshots

Taking screenshots of your computer screen – similar to when you record Skype video – is a great way of graphically showing another person what you can see on your monitor.

Use it whenever you need to show someone else on Skype screenshots of what you’re looking at, like a website, a game of a funny image. How to do it depends on what operating system you are using though. Check out below how to make your own screenshots.

Windows Desktop

  1. Press the Print Screen (Prt Scr) key on your keyboard to take a screenshot of your entire monitor. When taking a screenshot of an active window, press the Alt+Print Screen (Prt Scr) key combination.
  2. Open your Microsoft Paint: Start > All Programs/Programs > Accessories > Paint.
  3. Paste the image into Paint using the Ctrl+V key combination.
  4. Click File > Save on the menu. Take note of where you saved the file so you can retrieve it later on as an email attachment.
  5. Provide a name for your file.
  6. Select JPEG in the Save as type: drop-down menu.
  7. Click Save.

Windows 8

Press the Windows +Print Screen (Prt Scr) key combination on your keyboard to take a screenshot of the entire screen. For taking a screenshot an active window, press the Alt+Print Screen (Prt Scr) key combination. The images are automatically saved in the Screenshots folder which is located in the Pictures folder under your Libraries folder.


Click the Command+Shift+4+Spacebar key combination on your keyboard and select the window to take the image of.

Press the Command+Shift+3 key combination to capture the whole screen.

To screencap a part of the monitor, click the Command+Shift+4 key combination. It is as simple as clicking and dragging the cross-hair cursor to indicate the area you’d like to include in the image. Releasing the mouse button will save it.

The images are saved on your desktop in .png format.


For taking screenshots of your entire screen, click the Print Screen (Prt Scr) key on your keyboard. Paste the screencapture into your picture editing software and save. Press the Alt+Prt Scr key combination to take a screenshot of an active window.

PS: Need to record Skype video for email attachments? Use Supertintin!

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Is your PC Skype Compatible? Find Out Here.

Skype Compatible

Companies all over the world use Skype for business. Voice over internet Protocol (VOIP) brings considerable savings in communication costs.

Aside from communicating through voice and chat, employees have found additional features such as a Skype video call recorder very useful especially in documenting important conversations. All you need is a stable internet connection with sufficient bandwidth with at least 400kbps (for video calls), audio devices and a computer that is fast enough to run Skype.

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How to Maintain Your Skype Privacy

VoIP applications are popularly known as social or instant messaging apps. Once installed, you start to add and accept contacts whom you want to exchange calls and messages with. The same works for Skype. That’s why a contact request is always vital.

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Skype: A Useful Tool for Students [Skype for Students]

Skype for Students

Skype has been able to connect millions of people across the globe. Businessmen and families separated from each other have proven the functionality of this application. Another group won’t let themselves be left behind with this technology. They are the students.

College students, in particular, can have a lot of ways on how to fully maximize their good study habits with Skype for students. Here are a few to set them on the go!

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Common Questions About Skype for Android Tablets

Skype for Android tablets

Android tablet users do not need to worry. Most of Skype’s popular features (voice calls, video calls, mobile and landline calls, file sharing, and instant messaging features) are available on the device.

Here are some quick answers to frequently-asked questions regarding Skype for Android tablets:

1. Does it function on 3G, 4G and WiFi? Read More …

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