Skype is a VOIP (Voice-Over-IP) and messaging tool that is currently owned by Microsoft. It enables users to make video and audio calls, share files and send messages over the internet. In this post, we will explore some of the best Skype features that will enable you to do more than the usual routine tasks.
#1. You can Share Your Desktop Screen!
In a call session with another Skype contact, you have the capability to provide access to a video of your desktop screen. To achieve this choose more options from the list that is provided if you click the + button then Share Screens, or by choosing the same while not in a call session to initiate a call with a contact with Share Screens option active.
However, in comparison to what you can do with other screen sharing software, you will not be able to hand over the control of your screen to remote access user, and will have to rely on an instruction-mode video in-order to enable a successful sharing of the screen.
With Screen Share, you can ultimately afford to walk through another Skype contact through the setup or modification of their system settings without the need for both parties of having the typical remote access software installed. More importantly, you can provide a demonstration of an activity on your screen by running it in your friend’s remote computer.
Privacy concerns can be taken care of by only selecting the window that you wish to share with your audience while leaving the unrelated parts out of the call session.
#2. Best Skype Features – Record a Call
Communications, including calls, may need to be recorded now and then. This may be necessitated by company policy or security protocol. For example, job interviews can be put into record for further analysis before a candidate can be selected. Business meetings that are conducted over Skype also require a record of the proceedings as one of the legal requirements of an agreement that is struck in a meeting. Since Skype offers an affordable video conferencing solution, you can also make a copy of any call session using Skype.
However, Skype does not offer call recording out-of-the-box. To implement this functionality, you have to add an additional tool of your choice, many of which are downloadable free of charge from the internet. One of the more popular third party applications is the MP3 Skype Recorder. But, other options are also available in the form of: Pamela and IMCapture applications. Once you have installed a tool such as MP3 Skype recorder, you can easily turn the recorder on before initiating your Skype call.
#3. Simultaneously Send Files to Many People
Skype offers an easier way of sharing files with many contacts at the same time. This is more convenient compared to the typical methods available for sharing files with multiple people, for example sending the files as email attachments or sending links to a file that has been uploaded to a cloud sharing service.
Skype uses its Send File feature in a broadcast mode, by sending file(s) to numerous contacts where each contact receives a copy of the same. To achieve this, drop the files in question to the call window of a conference call or to a group that contains the intended recipients.
#4. Delete or Edit Messages
Your conventional instant messaging client will offer no functionality to alter a message that has already been sent to a contact. However, Skype enables you to edit or delete a message even after it has been received by the other party.
To achieve this, bring up the context menu of the message by right-clicking on it, then select either Remove Message or Edit Message as required.
The recipient will note that the message will be marked with the corresponding effect that has been applied on the message, which will be: ‘This message has been removed.’ or ‘This message has been edited.’ as per the alteration that had taken place.
#5. Run Multiple Skype Account Sessions
Signing into several Skype accounts in Windows is an advanced feature that may not be readily prevalent to a normal user. Unlike other instant messaging clients, when you start another instance of Skype by clicking on its icon or shortcut, Skype brings up the same window that you had logged into before.
What if you have multiple Skype accounts that require being run simultaneously and you only have one computer with which to run Skype? The answer lies in the use of the /secondary switch in the startup of a Skype instance. Look at how you can do this below:
• In the Run field of the Start button, type:
“C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe” /secondary
• If using a 64-bit system, enter:
“C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe” /secondary
Regardless of any other instance of Skype that is running, these commands will bring up another instance of Skype, from where you can enter the details of your other Skype accounts and sign into them.
#6. Stop the Display of Promotional Advertisements
As free software, the Skype client that runs on Windows allows advertisements to run on its main screen during its run-time. As a matter of personal preference, we will look at how we can disable this feature and remain with a cleaner and more professional looking interface.
One of the more straight forward ways of disabling these advertisements has been closing each individual popup as it occurs. While it offers a temporary relief from the advertisements, there is a permanent solution that will disable all advertisements even in future sessions of Skype.
To achieve this, disable the Promotions option under Options > Notifications > Alerts & Messages.