Ever since the concept of peer-to-peer (also known as “P2P”) exchange appeared, it’s been making an upset in the technology market.
For the first time ever, there was apparently no need for a server to have any number of files stored or services performed. The revolutionary idea that powered P2P was that a group of computers could handle the transfer of any number of files. It is just as easy as if it were broken down into small chunks or perform any task if it were distributed to the entire group equally. In essence, P2P represents a profound change in the way the entire computer infrastructure worked.
P2P was not possible before the Internet became globally widespread, as there was neither any need nor capability for it. But once these prerequisites were met, the paradigm change was unavoidable and unstoppable. P2P meant that every computer now had the capability to become both a client and a server. Nothing will ever be the same after that.
Communication is now made much easier and convenient for everyone. You will notice that every person that you meet will have a computer that has Skype in it. That’s how popular Skype has become because of the wonderful features that are available to everyone for free. It’s so amazing that people are even starting to wonder how such a useful app can come without a cost.
Skype as an Evolution of P2P File Sharing Programs
One of these programs was Kazaa and it has served as a foundation for what will eventually become the most popular video conferencing software in the world, Skype. What this means in practice is that if your computer uses Skype, it will connect others through you as much as it connects you through them to your chat partner. Isn’t that awesome.
Since Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype, it is relatively painless to setup your own account in it and you can even use an already existing Hotmail or Outlook email address. After that, only a few more clicks separate you from diving straight into the amazing world of instant chatting and messaging. Although calls to other Skype users are free, calling landline and mobile numbers is not and it will cost you a certain amount of Skype Credits. In some countries, it’s even possible to set up a special Skype number, which allows you to receive conventional phone calls to your computer.
Create a Virtual Conference Room with Skype
If you are the kind of person who is always on the go, then it might be quite difficult for you to set appointments like meetings and conferences with people that you need to speak with. This may not apply to business people but it may apply to a group of friends that have become separated by distance over time.
Now, all you have to do is get all the people that you need in Skype and you can make calls or video conferences whenever you have to, wherever you want to. We are no longer limited by time and space here, because you can hold your business meetings and slumber party chitchats practically everywhere in the world. You don’t have to be in the same place.
Meet New Friends, Learn New Languages
The best way to get to know other people is through spontaneous dialogue with them. The best way to learn a new language is through using it in a conversation with a native speaker. If only there were some kind of software that enabled you to do both of these things at the same time, it would be great. There is, and it’s Skype! It is a perfect introduction and language-teaching tool; in fact, it’s already being used by teachers worldwide, since it supports up to 10 people in a video conference session.
There is one more interesting use of Skype and this is something that hardly anyone mentions. This is for meeting one’s potential new love interests. You’ll never know.
Nobody could have imagined what will be the end results of what started as an essentially a rebellion against the idea of hierarchical client-server structure. Instead, the P2P concept promoted equality among all peers and unlimited, unrestricted sharing of data. Even though it’s just tiny bits of information, it’s the thought that counts: sharing is caring.