Do You Skype? Learn More With Brianna Reynaud!

INTERVIEWS | | December 9, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Skype, most of us know about it and or use it. In fact Skype is a very special place in my heart because my sisters first saw my girls through Skype and it was indeed a teary moment. Now I use Skype to keep up with family, friends and fellow bloggers too. I managed to get to chat to  Brianna Reynaud, the Senior PR Manager at Skype, and asked her a few burning questions.


Why would someone use Skype over say Twitter or Facebook chat?



Skype allows users to talk face-to-face with live video for free, when the calls are Skype-to-Skype.  It enables real-time conversations across the world and can be used to connect individuals to family and friends or to business contacts.

Skype also now allows users to see more friends, family or colleagues on the same video call with Group Video Calling (in beta), meaning up to 10 people can all join in on the same video call.

How fast do you see the catch for Skype over smartphones?

With people constantly on the go, Skype mobile™ is a great way for users to talk to friends and family in a cost-effective way.  With Skype now on smartphones users can take advantage of free Skype-to-Skype voice calls, IM and low rates to international calls. Skype mobile is available on all Verizon 3G Smartphones and BREW Multimedia Phones. You can also take advantage of Skype as an iPhone app, Android app, or on your Symbian phone.

People are skeptical these days, with good reason, over online protection, how does Skype handle privacy?

Skype takes our users’ privacy very seriously and we advise all of our users to review and customize their privacy and security controls within Skype. We also provide information on how to protect your online safety, security and privacy on our Skype Security page: .

When you receive a notification to add a contact, you have the opportunity to add, ignore or block the person. We recommend that you only accept contact requests from people you know.

You can also block and report users who you believe are abusing the product by right-clicking on their username within Skype. We have a dedicated team that reviews this information to detect and possibly block any abusers and we work with law enforcement as appropriate.

To set your preferences for receiving communications on a PC, open Skype and click Tools > Options > Privacy. On a Mac, openSkype and click Skype > Preferences > Privacy.  By default, Skype users will receive video and IM communications from people in their contact list only.

We encourage all parents to monitor their children’s online activities and teach their children Internet safety tips such as never giving out personal details or allowing access to people they do not know offline.  Online safety resources are available at the Family Online Safety Institute

What do you see as the biggest use for Skype? Business or personal?

Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype everyday to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages and share files with Skype users, as well as make low-cost calls to landlines and mobiles.  While we don’t have information for how many users use it for personal reasons, in the first quarter of 2010, approximately 37% of Skype users reported that they use Skype for some business or business-related purposes (based on internal research) .

This holiday season, many families will be connecting via Skype video and voice calls across the world to virtually celebrate together.

How much is Skype used outside of the USA?

Skype is a leading global Internet communications company where at peak times, there are 25 million users online.  While we don’t have the official break-down of international use, we can say that Skype software is used in almost every country around the world and Skype 5.0 for Windows is available in 32 languages.

With the rapid move to applications over the television (like Twitter), is Skype planning to jump on board.

Skype is actually already available on some models Panasonic and Samsung HD TV’s.

On Panasonic VIERA Cast TVs and Samsung LED C7000 and C8000 series TV’s (with a webcam), users can call and receive high quality video calls from anyone who’s got Skype, plus make video calls to people who have Skype 4.2 for Windows or higher on their computers.  Additionally, you can call your contacts with audio, join conference calls, and call phone numbers abroad from the comfort of your living room couch!

Will there be a cost to users for Skype (premium versions etc)?

Group video calling is currently available as a free trial and we are asking people to try it out and let us know what they think. We will announce pricing details in the future when group video calling is officially launched.


Stay tuned as we explore more on Skype gadgets in a future post!

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