Run Skype From Your Thumb Drive

Run Skype From Your Thumb Drive
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Popular VoIP application Skype provides a cheap way to stay in contact with your friends and family, but it’s not portable, so you can’t carry it with you. Not unless you know how, that is. Weblog MakeUseOf details how to set up Skype to run from a USB flash drive so that no matter where you are, you can quickly and easily contact any of your Skype contacts. Skype doesn’t officially offer a portable version of their app, but by moving the application to your thumb drive and creating a data folder for Skype on that drive with a few simple tweaks, Skype runs smoothly and in portable style. Granted, if you wanted to start a voice or video chat via Skype, you’d still need to have a working headset or webcam; still, it’s better than nothing. If you’ve used this method before, let’s hear how it worked for you in the comments.


  • A USB drive version of Skype might be entertaining, but Skype for Windows Mobile is far more easily used. I’ll use it over my data connection when I want to make international calls, and I’ll use it over wifi when I am traveling internationally and want to call home or anywhere else for that matter.

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