Instant messaging may be dying, but Skype is still going strong. I have used a number of IM clients over the years, but it seems the only one standing is Skype. It is still useful to reach people in a number of ways.
- Skype integrates with Microsoft’s Hotmail or Outlook.com email websites. Even if you don’t have the Skype client installed (for example, you are on a public computer), you can communicate with other Skype users.
- If you have a webcam or smartphone, you can make free video calls. This could be useful if you need to reach someone outside the country. Skype lets you get a group of friends together at the same on the video call. Caution: video call quality may vary.
- Speaking of smartphones, the Skype app is available on iOS and Google Play, so you can make calls on the go.
- The new feature that just rolled out is Skype Translator. According to Skype blog, “through voice-to-voice translation, all of our Skype for Windows customers can now speak in seven languages: Chinese Mandarin, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.” Awesome! You will need to update your copy of Skype and enable Skype Translator in the app itself. The blog explains how to turn it on.
Check out Skype’s features here!