Skype is an application software that facilitates telecommunications operations like video and audio calling from a wide array of devices including computers, tablets, mobile phones and other internet-connected devices. Available on almost every operating platform, Skype also lets its users to send instant messages, create conference calls, send video messages, and even exchange files and images. Available as a freemium model application, most of the features in Skype are free but some also require Skype subscription (Skype credits) to make calls to a landlines or mobile number.
Private investigators can use Skype Software to:
- Video chat with clients. Skype is a great way to keep in touch with your clients, especially when conducting investigations in a distant area. Just log on for a quick chat to give the client an update on how the case is going, ask clarification questions, share photos and video, and more. It is a much more personalized way to communicate than email or phone.
- Chat with co-workers to discuss a case
- Interview witnesses
- Network with business partners
- Communicate with other private investigators, law enforcement contacts and legal professionals
If you’re looking to add a more personal touch to your client relationships, and at the same time, demonstrate your technical savvy, consider using the online chat software to communicate with your clients.
Every registered Skype user is identified with a unique Skype user name, and may also be mentioned on the Skype directory. Skype allows its registered users to perform a variety of functions :
Skype-to-Skype calls : The user can call anyone on Skype for free, worldwide.
Skype-to-any mobile and landline : Low rate worldwide calls to any landlines or mobile number.
Group call : Get a whole group on call at once, with the ability to add maximum of 25 people.
Universal Skype number : When called on the number, receive calls from anywhere on Skype, worldwide.
Call forwarding : Get your calls forwarded on any phone in case you’re not available on Skype.
Caller ID : Even when you’re calling through internet, Skype lets you have a caller ID so that your close ones know when you’re calling.
Skype-to-go : Lets you make international calls from any number at low rates.
Skype click-to-call : Instant switching between browsing internet and making calls.
Video calls one-to-one : Make one-to-one video calls with anybody, anywhere.
Video calls group : Get number of people together on one video call.
Instant messaging : Send instant text messages with emoticons.
Video messages : Send a video message that you can feel.
Send SMS : Send text SMS to other phones through Skype.
Voice messages : For times when you are too busy to talk.
Group me : Share location, photos and messages on your mobile.
Apart from all these calling and messaging features, Skype also allows various other functions :
Sharing : Skype allows you to send images, videos and files of any size. It also facilitates screen sharing, both one-to-one and group sharing, between different devices. You can also share contact, number and Skype name easily with single click.
Skype-to-Facebook : Skype allows you to connect to your Facebook account and send instant messages.
WiFi : Skype also offers over two million hotspots to make sure that you’re always online.
Other features include Skype manager, Skype connect, Skype for Outlook etc.
History and releases
Skype was first released in August 2003 by Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom. It was later acquired by Microsoft Corporation in May 2011. Skype can now be downloaded worldwide on many platforms and is currently available in 38 languages.
System and software
Skype runs on a number of platforms including :
Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1)
OS X (10.6 or later)
iOS (7.0 or later)
Windows Phone 8
The Skype software application is free to download and use on all compatible devices. Although not every feature is available for free, most of the Skype features don’t require any payment from the user.
Skype can be downloaded onto computers, mobile phones and other connected devices for free at www.skype.com.