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Enhancing Skype
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Skype Answering Machine (SAM)

SAM is an extension for Skype that acts as an answering machine. You can download SAM from the main SAM page.

Once SAM is installed, callers can leave you messages if you fail to answer the call within a certain period of time. The users will see a pop up indicating that the call is answered by SAM (see Figure 12).

Figure 12
Figure 12. The pop up indicating the call is answered by SAM

On your computer, you will see a list of voice mails on the screen (see Figure 13).

Figure 13
Figure 13. List of voice messages

Double-click on the messages to listen to the recordings (see Figure 14).

Figure 14
Figure 14. Listening to the recorded voice messages

You can also invoke the window shown in Figure 13 using the SAM icon in the Tray (see Figure 15).

Figure 15
Figure 15. The SAM icon in the Tray

The Options tab allows you to configure the various details of how SAM works (see Figure 16).

Figure 16
Figure 16. Configuring SAM


In this article, you have seen how extensions enhance the capabilities of Skype. If you have your favorite extensions for Skype, tell us in the Talkback below!

Wei-Meng Lee (Microsoft MVP) is a technologist and founder of Developer Learning Solutions, a technology company specializing in hands-on training on the latest Microsoft technologies.

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