Skype (the personal edition) is a free web meeting, video
conferencing, and VoIP software. The free version includes instant messaging, audio
and video Skype-to-Skype calls, the ability to call mobile phones and
landlines, paid international calling, and conference calling capabilities for
up to 25 people. During video sessions, users also have the option to share
their screen with other participants. Other distinctive features include background blurring, voice and text translation, location share, conversation search, and integration with Microsoft's Digital Assistant, Cortana.
This version of Skype works on phones, desktop, tablet, browsers, Alexa, and
Xbox. Users can call landlines and mobile phones from around the world by
paying for Skype Credit or signing up for Skype subscriptions, a monthly
contract for users who only need service to specific regions. Users can also
pay to have a local phone number through Skype Numbers, so that they can answer
phone calls from their desktops, tablets, or smartphones. They can also send
SMS text messages and share their location using the Skype mobile app.