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- Call anyone else using Skype, anywhere in the world.
- See who you are talking to with video calls.
- Chat with one person or have a group chat with up to 100 people at the same time.
- Conference calling with up to four other people at the same time.
- Send files and photos to each other easily.
- Search the web with the Google Toolbar (optional install).
- One Way Video Calls
- Works behind Firewalls and NAT devices.
- Encrypted Calls
What Skype Needs ?
Skype needs unrestricted outgoing TCP access to all destination ports above 1024 or to ports 80 and 443 (the former is better, however).
How to resolve Port Conflicts ?
If you have some softwares installed that uses ports 80 and/or 443 and you experience conflicts (such as service startup failure or malfunctions) the cause is most likely that your Skype is configured to use the same ports as the applications that experience problems.
Possible Solution – In Skype under Tools -> Options -> Connections untick the option “Use ports 80 and 443 for incoming connections”. Skype will then use the port specified in the text box (make sure you also have opened that specific port in your router or firewall).
What if skype uses 100% of CPU ?
Skype might start using 100% of CPU if you have TotalRecorder software installed and it is set as default Input/Output device for Skype. To avoid this change the I/O devices to your soundcard or USB Phone in the Skype options menu or change the default Windows I/O device from the Windows Control Panel to your soundcard or USB Phone.
Turn off Windows XP speech recognition feature. The speech recognition engine kicks in when you begin a call and can cause your CPU to run at 100%. Turn off the speech recognition by opening the Control Panel and selecting Regional and Language Options. On the Languages tab, under Text services and input languages, click Details. Under Installed services, click Voice Recognition under the language you are using, and then click Remove.