Application that lets you make free video calls over the Web
Windows 10 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8
Skype for Windows 8 offers the best in VoIP and video calling, with the largest user base of its kind. Aside from Apple-device-only FaceTime, Skype offers the best image quality and voice out of all VoIP software. Unlike some other VoIP software that limits who you can talk to, Skype allows Mac, Windows and Android users to interact at all times. The Skype for Windows 8 is well designed but a little bleak.
Setup of Skype for Windows 8 is quite simple. You acquire Skype by going to the Windows Store and searching for Skype. Once it's installed on your computer you can click the Skype logo in your apps list. Log into your Skype name, accept the notification to turn on your camera and microphone, and you're ready to go.
Interface and Usage
Skype for Windows 8 is a full-screen app with a fresh, new design. It is split apart into three different zones?people, favorites, and recent. Recent shows all of your recent activity, including chats, calls and statuses. It also shows the recent mood changes for your contacts. The favorite's zone shows large icons of your favorite contacts. The people zone displays small icons of the contacts on your list. When you open an IM in this version of Skype, the IM will open to full screen.
Aside from incredible sound quality and crisp-clear images during a video call, Skype also allows you to make phone calls. There three ways that you can make phone calls at reasonable rates. The first way is paying per minute, 2.3 cents a minute. The second way is paying a monthly cost of $2.99 for unlimited calls to the US and Canada. The final option is $13.99 a month and offers unlimited calling worldwide. With an "Online number" for $18 per 3 months or $60 a year, you can have friends and family call you as well. Making calls is quite simple, and the reception is clear. Often times the reception is better than cell service.
? Full-screen display
? Clear sound
? Crisp images and video quality
? Simple yet fresh design
? Video calls and phone calls
? No multiparty video calling
? No Facebook integration
? Can't be on the desktop while on Skype
Uses your webcam to create a video chat room
Easy and secure multimedia conference tool