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Most famous VOIP software: Skype

Most famous VOIP software: Skype
 Skype  is a famous VOIP (Voice Over IP= telefon call using internet as a medium to transport voice). Using skype has a lot of benefits:

  • Unlimited conversation time with user using internet.
  • Incredible voice and sound quality, even on a modem 56Kb
  • A nice GUI which look the same on all plattform (Windows | Mac OS X | #Linux | Pocket PC), with a search engine to locate Your friends.
  • Firewall, NAT and proxy friendly, no worries about network configuration. (It use the port 80 like a browser)
  • Completelly free version. it does not contain spyware or advertising. You can even call someone on a regular phone (without internet) by paying yearly fees (Skype out).
  • End-to-end encryption: every data leaving Your Pc are encrypted (SSL 128bits)
  • A great community up to 20 Millions users (ForumsCommunity)

Skype has recently see the start of some intersting plugin for it, especially for adding Video to it

  • vSkype adds video and sharing to your Skype experience. Getting started is simple. Just connect a camera, and invite up to 200 buddies to a video call. It does not exist right now but may appear soon.
  • Dialcom’s Spontania video plug-in is designed to be integrated with any 3rd party Internet-based communication solution. It is right now available for skype (windows only 🙁 ) and it work perfectly.

In order to enjoy video with a computer, I recommend You to buy a GOOD webcam: (sorry to say that I did not have any luck with 2 basic logitech webcam at 60 euro). Buy at least: 640×480 pixels at 60fps (120euro), nothing else! Philips webcam are known to wook good in low lights conditions. it’s a more expensive combo but You will never regret it!

About The Author

Cédric Walter

I worked with various Insurances companies across Switzerland on online applications handling billion premium volumes. I love to continuously spark my creativity in many different and challenging open-source projects fueled by my great passion for innovation and blockchain technology.In my technical role as a senior software engineer and Blockchain consultant, I help to define and implement innovative solutions in the scope of both blockchain and traditional products, solutions, and services. I can support the full spectrum of software development activities, starting from analyzing ideas and business cases and up to the production deployment of the solutions.I'm the Founder and CEO of Disruptr GmbH.