Skype: Free Internet telephony that just works.

About six months ago, I was really into Internet radio using SHOUTcast. I had hosting on a server for about 25 listeners, a partner in crime, and a great base of listeners from a game we all played. My partner and I had been looking for a way to do shows together since we lived on literal opposite ends of the country and the chances of being in the same place to broadcast together was slim to none. Internet phone service seemed like the best idea. If only I knew about this software then.

Skype describes the software as this:

What we’ve got is a simple bit of software we want to give you. It’ll let you make free calls to your friends all over the world. And we don’t want any money for it. It’s free.

You could think of us as the big, free Internet telephony company. We prefer to think of ourselves as a big group hug, even a present. Yes… that’s it… we’re a present… but without the ribbon.

Okay, the second paragraph sounds kind of weird but the software is beautiful. Using your computer speakers and mic or using a headset, you are able to conference up to five people including you. If you need to send a link or a message privately, you can use the built in IM service.

Perhaps the best thing about Skype is it isn’t just for Windows. There are versions for Mac OS X, Linux, and Pocket PC as well. If you are interested in trying out the software, let me know and I’ll gladly add you to my list of contacts.

Hat tip: Chris

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