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Windows 8.1 All-in-One For Dummies by Woody Leonhard

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Chapter 2: Using Skype in Windows 8.1

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arrow.png Finding Skype

arrow.png Getting signed up for Skype

arrow.png Connecting with Skype

arrow.png Getting along with Skype

Everybody knows Skype, the instant text-messaging, long-distance, telephone-killing video-chatting program. Not everybody knows that it started as something of a hacker’s fantasy, about a decade ago, in Estonia. Two of the key players in getting Skype to market, Janus Friis from Denmark, and Niklas Zennstrom from Sweden, spent their earlier years getting Kazaa — the notorious filesharing program — off the ground.

askwoodycom_vista.eps Microsoft bought Skype, lock, stock and barrel camera, in 2011, for a paltry $8.5 billion — yes, that’s billion with a “b.” The brass moved to Redmond, but most of the techies are still in Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia.

It's taken Microsoft a couple years to get around to it, but Windows 8.1 ships with a Metro Skype app fully built-in. You just have to find it, set it up, and use it — but only on the Metro tiled side of Windows 8.1, ...

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