This book is divided into four parts. Part I begins with several chapters on the basics of Skype. Here the reader learns how to install and configure Skype on several platforms including Windows, Max OSX, Linux, and PocketPC. The reader will also learn how to begin making voice over IP calls immediately. Part II deals with the more advanced features of Skype. Here the reader learns how to use Skype on new “Skype Ready” cell phones, use Skype for more advanced, business-oriented tasks such as scheduling and file transfers, as well as using SkypeOut. Part III discusses how to integrate Skype with third party networking, communication, and security devices such as routers, firewalls, and mail servers, as well as using the brand new Skype for Business. Part IV covers the Skype Application Programming Interface, Plug-ins, Add-ons, and third party tools. Here the reader learns to develop and customize their own applications using the new, powerful, Skype API.

Key Features

* Skype has over 70,000,0000 users worldwide, and 13 forums with over 25,000 members * Skype's Application Programming Interface (API) allows users to develop their own applications and customize Skype with the information found in this book * Makrus Daehne is one of the most recognized and respected authorities on Skype and he is the forum moderator on the Skype Web site


This is the first book published on Skype would be a guide for developers, power users, and early adopters.

Table of Contents

Instructions for online access


Syngress Acknowledgments

Lead Author and Technical Editor

Technical Editor

Contributing Authors

Foreword Contributor


Part I: Getting Started with Skype

Chapter 1: An Overview of Skype

What Is All the Hype about Skype?

What Are VoIP, Voice Chat, or Voice Calls?

Skype Architecture (Basic)

Peer-to-Peer Technology (Basic)

Peer-to-Peer Conferencing (Basic/Advanced)

Skype Options (Basic)

Skype Security (Basic)

Chapter 2: Installing Skype

Requirements to Make Voice Calls (Basic and Advanced)

Connection Types

Testing Your Existing Setup

Installing Skype for Windows

Installing Skype for Pocket PC

Installing Skype for Mac OS X

Installing Skype for Linux

Chapter 3: Getting Started Using Skype

Signing Up As a User

Adding or Searching for Contacts

Starting a Chat

Making a Test Call

Making Your First Call

Inviting Others to Join Skype

Setting Your Status

Basic Options

Chapter 4: Basic Features of Skype

Selecting or Changing Your Language

Understanding Skype’s Status Icons

Using Chat or Instant Messaging

Handling File Transfers

Making Voice Calls

Managing Contacts

Importing Contacts

Chapter 5: Common Uses for Skype

Talking with Family and Friends for Free or Low Cost

Lower-Cost Long Distance

Alternative to Plain Old Instant Messaging

Running Multiple
Instances of Skype on One System

Part II: Taking Skype to the Next Level

Chapter 6: Advanced Features of Skype

Advanced Settings

Advanced Architecture

Advanced Peer-to-Peer Technology



Other Advanced Topics

Chapter 7: Software Add-


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About the author

Markus Daehne

Affiliations and Expertise

Administrator and moderator,