Making the most of the social web, we are sharing tips on making the most of real-time voice and video calls. We challenge readers / listeners /viewers via our Digital Literacy Quiz for recommendations on using – first released in 2003, making quite the leap forward with phone calls.

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Digital Literacy Quiz Questions

  • Have you created an account on Skype?
  • Can you login on your laptop? On your phone? On your tablet?
  • What version of Skype are you using?
  • Does your microphone work?
  • Does your webcam work?
  • Have you changed your mood message?
  • Bonus Point: Do you know your Skype Name and password?

The art of Skype set-dressing: how to video-call the office when in quarantine – Guardian
People’s hatred of Skype is helping startups erode Microsoft Office’s dominance at work
“How can they be so good?”: The strange story of Skype – Ars Tecnica

If I don’t do it, I will never learn.

Skype to Skype calls are free – but to call a mobile or landline from Skype, you need a little Skype Credit or a subscription.

The price you pay depends on the country you’re calling to, not the country you’re calling from.


Alternative apps and platforms
Where is the conversation? Everywhere! Alternatives to Skype include Duo, Facetime, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, and Zoom.

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