Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice calls, instant message, and video conference over the Internet.

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Secure video chat program as an alternative to Skype [closed]

I'm looking for something similar to skype but basically just for me to video chat with my girlfriend. Skype has been kind of buggy lately with its recent iterations and doesn't seem to be progressing ...
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Greenscreen (aka chroma key) effect with a webcam?

This is not the blue screen of death I am speaking of, but the process called bluescreening (also known as green screen, or Chroma Key). It removes a particular colored background from an image so ...
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How do you record a Skype conversation on Windows?

Is there an app or plugin for Skype to record a conversation? Or can you use an audio application like Sonar or Sony Vegas Studio to do this?
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Teleconference between three or more people on Skype

Skype is great for 2-way video conferencing, but for my work I need to be able to patch in more than two people to the video conference. Is it possible to hook up three or more people into a Skype ...
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Disable advertisements on Skype?

An ad titled "Two friends who've never met" recently appeared on my girlfriend's Skype. The ad appears above the name of the contact she is currently speaking to and can't be disabled via the ad ...
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Viewing the full Skype chat history

I have Skype 2.8 on Mac OS X 10.5.8. Under the the chat menu is an option called "Recent Chats". This allows me to see logs of recent chats, but not of older ones. I know the older ones are ...
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How to disable the skype ads (advertisement)?

The Skype client shows a disturbing colored ad at the bottom of the client. The ad is unnecessary and only takes away important space for the contact list. How can I remove that permanentely? Even ...
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How do I export the history of Skype?

Is it possible to export Skype v4 chat history into some readable plain-text format? (.txt, .xml, .html) Alternatively, is it possible to backup/restore skype chat history? (I wouldn't mind backup to ...
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Invisible for all in Skype but not for specified contacts

do you know if it is possible to stay invisible on Skype but specify a list of contacts for which your status is visible? A sort of whitelist contact group.
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How to stop windows 8 from muting your running apps?

When having a phone call running on skype and whenever I switch to another app, the Skype app mutes itself. I can work around it by doing the "snap left" or "snap right" option and open the other app ...
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Clear history of usernames in Skype [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Remove username suggest function in Skype 4.2, Windows Vista? I'm looking for a way to clear the login name history on my Skype (Windows 7). I don't know where it is ...
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How do I create and save a group of contacts in Skype?

How can I create and save a group of contacts in Skype?
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Unicode characters suddenly start displaying as boxes in some applications [duplicate]

I noticed that Unicode characters suddenly stopped displaying in some applications, so far Notepad++ and Skype, when they were appearing previously. Instead they appear as boxes. They were working ...
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Synchronized video playback over the network

I would like to play the same video on two different computers, and synchronize them approximately over the internet. I'd like to watch videos together with my friend while talking on Skype. It'd be ...
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Do any multi-client IM clients support Skype Chat? [closed]

It would be best if they can run without having Skype installed at all. Does such a creature exist?
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Skype IM Privacy Settings

I have my skype privacy settings defined to only allow IMs from people in my contact list. I also have this set for calls/video, etc. And yet, almost every morning when I boot up I have a ...
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Send preformatted text in Skype

Sometimes I send pieces of code using Skype. Very often the text is messed up with smileys, and some brackets show up doubled. Can I somehow send text that will not be transformed? Something like ...
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Recording Skype conference calls on OSX? [closed]

I am looking for an open-source way to generate an audio record of Skype conference calls under OSX 10.5 or higher.
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How does “Compatibility Mode” in Windows 7 affect the application?

Background: Based on the answer given to this question: "Skype behaviour in the Windows 7 Superbar" ...you can get Skype to minimize to the system tray (rather than the task bar) by running it in ...
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How do I force Windows 7 to play only through headphones?

Okay to make things clear; I'm going to give a step by step of what happened. I've got a brand new laptop, and while installing stuff everything was fine. When I'd plug in headphones in the 3.5mm ...
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How can I get Skype to not stay minimized in the task bar?

Since two or three updates Skype insists taking up a taskbar slot for its main window (I set it to use the “Compact View”, but it applies to the default view as well). Since I don't need the main ...
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Hide programs (such as Skype) from Windows 7 taskbar

I have my windows 7 taskbar with no pinned applications, and a quick launch. Because I have windows set to show their title rather than just the icon they take up quite a bit of room. I have skype ...
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How to send a Skype message from the Windows command line?

I would like to send a message to group chat from the Windows command line. I know the chat name from skype, lets say it is 'TestChat'. What is the easiest way to do that?
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Migrating from Skype 4.2 to 4.3 on Ubuntu

I have a lot of history in Skype v 4.2, but now it is deprecated cause of "cloud" conversations in new Skype versions. Now I installed Skype 4.3.0.37-1 on Ubuntu 14.04 (and my co-worker on his Debian ...
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Skype crashes when I login

When I open Skype, it crashes when I log in. I've re-installed, restarted, and tried deleting the directory C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Skype\MySkypeUsername, all to no avail. It will start up and ...
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How can I sign out of Skype from everywhere logged in to my account?

When using Skype, we can log in to the same account from multiple PCs. Currently I have one PC logged into Skype with my account. The problem is that it was a laptop of my relatives and I cannot ...
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How to clear the Skype chat history

how clear the skype chat history ?
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Using Skype Business version

The Skype Business version page says its easy to install on your network because of MSI. How can I really use this? what need additional MS software do I need to easily install it on all PCs on my ...
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Can I use Skype To Go to call other Skype users?

I already used Skype To Go to call regular phone phone numbers, but never to call another Skype user. I would use this to call other Skype users over the regular phone network when on the road.
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Is it possible to send messages to an offline Skype contact?

I have done a bit of research, but I haven't found a satisfactory answer to this question. Basically, I'd like to know what happens if I send a message to an offline Skype contact; will the message ...
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Skype MSI installation fails

I'm trying to install skype_6.0.0.120.msi to my Windows xp (32 bit) laptop. But if I double click the setup, it shows the message like This installation package could not be opened. Contact the ...
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Skype crashes right after start [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Skype crashes when I login Host OS: Windows 7 Prof SP1 x64 (MSDNAA Campus) CPU: Core i7 950 @ 3.06ghz HT:OFF | Turbo: ON Mem: 3x2gb Kingston 2000mhz DDR3 ...
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VOIP/Skype/GoogleVoice solution without a PC

In short, I'm looking to drop current VOIP provider (Cablevision/Optimum Voice) and go with cheaper standalone package BUT want to keep existing standard phone that plugs into their box. Does anyone ...
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Remove username suggest function in Skype 4.2, Windows Vista?

My dad currently uses one of my old machines for chat and email and such and most recently, Skype. However, there are a bunch of old suggested screennames belonging to other people who may have used ...
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Problems with webcam

My friend is using Windows 8.1, and he has a webcam. He says it is working very well even without installing drivers. Webcam is A4tech - PK-331F. I asked for this webcam for use. I plugged in the ...
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how to enable remote microphone on remote desktop

I just directly connect my thin client(with embedded os) to remote machine(windows 7) via rdp. The problem is once I try to test the audio via skype , it seems that the audio/microphone of the remote ...
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Skype “haha foto” virus

There is a new Skype worm that is spreading very fast and the detection rates are very low: analisys It creates groups from all your contacts and sends "haha foto" followed by a link. At the time of ...
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Does Skype have a keyboard shortcut for switching among conversations?

Does Skype have a keyboard shortcut for switching among conversations? I've searched the web and through Skype forums, and can't find anything. There's something under the Tools → Accessibility ...
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Where does Skype save my contact's avatars in Linux?

I'm using Skype on Linux. Where can I find images cached by skype of my contact's avatars?
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Scheduling a task before sleep in Windows 7 and hold off the sleep event until task runs

Note that this is different than the other questions I found (I did search), like: Is there any way to execute something when closing the laptop's lid? I used the same trick of scheduling a task ...
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webcam problem with skype on linux

I am runing ubuntu 9.10 and the latest version of skype but I have problem with webcam. When I trie the webcam with cheese it works fine but when I try to use the web on skype , skype crashes. can any ...
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How to log out from skype app?

I have installed the Skype-App for Windows 8 and a friend logged in first with his account. Now I want to log him out to log in myself with my account but there is no Logout option. I tried to ...
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How to copy Skype text without timestamp?

Skype is so annoying to me when I try to copy text from my chat; i.e. it alsway include the timestamp when pasted. How to copy only the plain text?
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Getting desktop (not Metro) Skype for Windows 8

I have Windows 8, and I want regular Skype, not Metro Skype. Metro Skype doesn't support many features that the desktop version does, and it's buggy. I tried to go to ...
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Does Skype automatically save chat history to the cloud?

I am not sure, but months ago I installed Skype in Ubuntu and it automatically pulled chat history from the cloud which means it did. However, lately my hard disk installed with Windows 7 broke. Now ...
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Linux Skype alternative similar to Windows Skype?

Does anybody know a good option for a Skype based solution that works on Linux? I have a real problem with the current Linux version as it is a crappy, buggy and downgraded version of the Windows ...
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Where does Skype save its chat history & contacts?

I'm aware that there is a main.db file that is stored in a Windows directory. On XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<windows user>\Application Data\Skype\<username> But I just downloaded ...
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How secure is Skype?

I use Skype at work though sometimes for personal use and I am worried anyone can sniff network packets and find out what I'm typing or maybe the network admin can read conversations on the port Skype ...
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How to sync stored Skype conversations between machines?

Skype stores recent IM conversations on the local machine. I find this very inconvenient when I have a Skype conversation with someone on my work machine, get home, and the history of that ...
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Now they reverse-engineered Skype, do we have an alternative client?

The former question on this subject may be outdated. The Skype protocol was reverse engineered and published, including the source. Has someone written a nice client with this material?