Your Skype contacts list can get pretty big after people add you, you add people, or when you turn each number that calls you into a new contact.
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Skype arrived in Europe in 2003, the brainchild of the guys who once ran file-sharing service Kazaa.
It has since been owned by investor groups and e Bay; it's been in Microsoft's hands since 2011.
Apple's Face Time, Facebook Messenger, Google Duo, oo Voo, Kik, Whats App, and many more integrate voice and video calling, especially on smartphones.
Making a call can be as easy as double-clicking on a name in your contacts list, but Skype can do much more. My Account (which takes you to a web page) find the Caller ID settings and put in a number—your cell, your Skype number if you have one, your home landline, whatever.
Or, cut to the chase: right-click a contact and select "Send Video Message," even if that contact isn't currently online.
Get Skype on the web, Mac, Linux, and apps for i OS, Android, Windows Phone, Kindle Fire, and even Black Berry and smartwatches.
Advanced, you'll be able to set up the hot keys you want.
Some are hard coded (like answer call, answer with video, hang up, and decline call); the rest you can assign a hot key of your choosing.
On the mobile side, go into the chat interface for that contact, click the icon that looks like a camera inside a word balloon at the bottom (on Android, click the sign on the bottom right), and you can choose to send a video.
Because this is the age of Snapchat, you can also apply filters to your video as it's made, to spruce it up a bit.