"I speak to my daughter in Australia and it doesn't cost me a thing.  We have webcams, too, so we can see each other.  It's almost as good as being together."

Skype is a fantastic free computer program that enables people to speak to each other for free over the internet. It's also possible to use Skype to make cheap calls to a landline or mobile telephone. Our step-by-step guides will have you up and running on Skype in no time.

  • A simple definition, plus a summary of Skype’s key features and benefits.

  • Quick and easy tutorial on downloading Skype. You'll be up and running in no time!

  • Find out how to add a friend, relative or colleague to your Skype contact list.

  • Here we’ll show you how to use your computer to ring one of your Skype contacts.

  • This lets you chat to your Skype contacts via instant text messages and is a handy way of sending a document, picture or link.

  • By adding credit to your Skype account, you can make cheap calls to landline telephones and abroad.

  • This isn’t free but it’s a lot cheaper than the rates charged by most phone companies, especially if you’re calling abroad.

  • An clear explanation of this commonly-used jargon.

  • Calling far-flung friends and family for free using your computer is easy with Skype. Find out how to install it on your Windows 8 computer.

  • Using Skype is a great way to stay in touch for free. Use our guide to find out how to use Skype on the new-look Windows 8.