Hello Joerg,

Please can you recommend a suitable free skype download that is both easy to use and reliable. It definitely must be free. I have never used skype before. It will be used to communicate with friends in different countries such as USA and Philippines. I live in England and I am only familiar with using email and Yahoo Messenger communication.

I don't have a webcam built into my laptop but I have a webcam which I can plug in. I am not sure, but will the plug-in webcam in theory, work for communication on Skype? I did try the webcam previously to take some photographs.

Kind regards,

Hello Brent!

Thanks for your question.

Sure, Skype can be easily downloaded from their homepage here:

It is very easy to use, even my mum can use it :)
If you have any questions there is a knowledge base that will answer all your questions:

At "Get more help" on the bottom and doing a search in the knowledge Base afterwards, it allows you also to contact customer support of Skype.

Regarding the video usage of Skype. Please do not confuse webcams and digicams with each other.
Webcams are for transmitting your picture as a video to the computer for programs like Skype.
Digicams (aka digital cameras) are just for taking pictures.
Most webcams cannot be used as digicams and vice versa.

Digicams have just an USB plug for copying the taken pics to a computer or for charging. Not for use as a webcam for Skype video or other webcam use on the PC!

Hope this helps!
All the best!


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Joerg Droege


I did an education as a Management Assistant in Informatics, I am using the Opera browser since year 2000 & the M2 email client since 2004. I will do my best to answer also other email related questions and email client settings related, etc. But please no Outlook or Outlook Express questions, since I do not use that. (But if you really want to ask in that field, I will sure do try my best to answer your question nicely and correctly anyway :) ). This includes but is not limited to web based email or whatever comes to your mind.


I am a Management Assistant in Informatics education which was done under the control of the CCI (Chamber of Commerce and Industry). And had to solve various PC, email and other related problems. Using computers since 1990.

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