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Skype

Skype is a free web-based communication tool which allows people to video conference, make calls, and instant message.

Description

Skype is a free web-based communication tool which allows people to video conference, make calls, and instant message.

Current known uses in the sector

  • Skype can be used in Citizenship Preparation, Community Connections, Employment-related, Information and Orientation, Library Settlement Partnership, Settlement Workers in Schools, Pre-Arrival as a tool to engage with Newcomers visually, brainstorm ideas, capture Newcomer feedback, ideas, insights, suggestions, comprehension, etc.

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Pricing

Skype is free. However, if you want to get a phone number with the country code in which you live, you have to pay a little amount of money.

Ease of use & Accessibility

Skype is fairly simple. You can easily see sign up, download Skype, use Skype online, and help icons.

Skype offers voiceover, narrated screen reader, High-contrast settings, magnifier, and speech recognition to convert speech to texts to support people with hearing or seeing disabilities.

Mobile friendly

Skype is available for iOS and Android devices.

Privacy/security features (including data security and message encryption)

Skype uses cookies to get some personal information about users. It benefits from the cookies to improve itself, recognize people‚Äôs preferences, and tailor Skype web content for individuals. You can disable cookies if you do not  want Skype to use your information.

All Skype-to-Skype voice, video, file transfers and instant messages are encrypted. If you make a call from Skype to mobile and landline phones, the part of your call that takes place over the PSTN (the ordinary phone network) is not encrypted. Voice messages are encrypted when they’re delivered to you. However, after you have listened to a voice message, it is transferred from Skype servers to your local machine, where it is stored as an unencrypted file.

Multilingual capabilities

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