Once you are all set up, you're ready to roll. Now you just need to find people to chat with. It's simple to build a roster of contacts--click on the Add a Contact link in the Contacts tab (see Figure 6) and enter the Skype name of the person (or his or her phone number).
Figure 6. Adding a contact
If you aren't sure what your friend's Skype name is, use the search function (see Figure 7). You can search based on a wide range of criteria.
Figure 7. Searching for a user
In order to add a person to your list of contacts, you need to request authorization (see Figure 8). After you are authorized, you will be able to make calls to him.
Figure 8. Sending an authorization request
If you have been authorized, you will see the person's information (see Figure 9), as well as his picture, if he has included one.
Figure 9. Information appears in the Contacts list
Making and Receiving Phone Calls
To call a contact in your Contacts list, simply double-click on the contact name, or right-click on the contact and select Call This Contact (see Figure 10).
Figure 10. Calling a contact
When you receive a call from another Skype user, a notification window will appear in the system tray (see Figure 11).
Figure 11. Someone is calling you
Making phone calls between computers using Skype is free. However, if you need to call a regular phone or let others call you using their phone, you need to subscribe to additional services provided by Skype.