Having a few extra items, like a comfortable headset, can make things easier. Before you download Skype, it's a good idea to learn about the different equipment options and ensure your computer is set up correctly. There are other accessories you may want to consider, like an actual phone you can plug into your computer —or use wirelessly —to talk to people on Skype.
These accessories can be expensive, but they are a good investment for some, especially if you plan to get your own Skype number and use it frequently in place of your ordinary phone. Learn more about it on Skype's Accessories page. There are two different versions of Skype, depending on the type of computer you have: Skype for Windows and Skype for Mac.
We'll focus on Skype for Windows in this tutorial—but if you have a Mac, don't worry. The features in each version are mostly the same. Once you get to know the Mac interface, you'll still be able to follow along and participate in all of the things we talk about in this tutorial.
It only takes a few minutes to set up Skype for the first time. You'll start by creating an account on the website. Skype Help Account and profile Account settings. How do I activate my Microsoft Skype minutes? Can I move my Microsoft Skype minutes to a different Skype account? How do I check how many minutes I have left? Related Articles. Additional Resources. Ask the Community Join the conversation with other customers. You get it all with the new Microsoft Edge—performance, compatibility, and speed to make browsing the web even more effortless.
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