13 – Skype

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Skype is a free communications and collaboration tool to be downloaded and installed on your computer.  You can use it to have text and voice message conversations with others who have Skype for free. You can also purchase credit to call landlines and mobiles (at low cost arond the world). Now owned by Microsoft

Skype has dropped a few places down the list this year, and is no longer in the top 10

Websites Cost Availability
www.skype.net Free for computer-computer
Pay to call landlines,
mobile phones and send SMS messages
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RANKINGS
2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
13 7 4 6 11= 4 3=

Comments from some of those who selected Skype as one of their Top Tools

Simple and easy way to stay in touch with my community, 2013
chat with colleagues  Clark Quinn 2013
like copper and fibre, invaluable 2013

  • “invaluable for tutorials with my students and yet again for my own Spanish language studies: I meet with a teacher on line every fortnight to practice conversation” Jane Challinor
  • “Excellent for keeping in contact with colleagues and learners” Carol Cooper Taylor
  • “Is my primary tool for voice communication, video communication, and small group meetings. I like it for its ease-of-use, price, and consistency”Janet Clarey
  • “provides mixed synchronous and asynchronous communications, along with file transfer” Pat Parslow
  • “Opens the world to the classroom. Can be used by the average person to communicate with people from all over the world. I recently gave a keynote speech in Indonesia (from my office in Iowa) through Skype.” Leigh Zeitz
  • “A must have. Of all the video chat products available, the consistent quality of calls on Skype wins hands down.” Rich Chetwynd
  • “a great (and free) alternative to the telephone” Jay Cross

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