Application that lets you make free video calls over the Web
Windows 10 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8
Skype for Windows 8 is an app for instant-messaging, texting, and video chatting through your Windows 8 system. The interface is sleek and modern, but it seems a bit sparse and boring. However, the functionality within the app is unquestionably useful. It allows you to use your desktop to text, IM, or video call your friends and family. Any other system that has Skype can connect to this version online, and with the help of Skype credit, you can call landlines and mobile numbers. Skype is truly an all-in-one solution for desktop-based communication.
If you've ever used Skype before on another platform, you'll be able to take full advantage of this version right away. It gives you everything you love about Skype, including the ability to make audio and video calls as well as send text-based messages. If you have a Microsoft account and you use it to sign in to Skype, the software will automatically populate your Skype address book with contacts from your Microsoft contact list. This saves a lot of time, but you still need to look over the new contacts after the import process. In some cases, the import function misplaces information, but you can edit it manually. Once everything is correct, you can click on a contact to view options for messaging, calling, or video chatting that person.
Skype is well-known for having excellent video and audio quality, but a lot of that depends on your connection. However, if you do have a strong connection, you'll get video that's crystal clear and free of stuttering. Calls will be crisp and clear, and it doesn't take long to make a connection for an audio or video call. If your internet connection is slower or drops out, you could see some video buffering or slower frame rate.
One new feature that used to be only for premium members is the free group call function. You can use it to screen-share and group call up to 10 people in one group.
Older versions of Skype may have had a busier interface, but this version for Microsoft has been completely streamlined. The UI may look dull, but that's only because it has been organized into a better and more efficient style. The features are more accessible, and you can use the home screen to quickly access contacts, recent calls, and favorites. On the top right corner of the home screen, you can set a Skype status. If you love emojis, you'll have fun with the selection of animated emoticons.
As with most major pieces of software, Skype has grown quite a bit since its earliest version. However, the core communication experience has always been the focus, and it has only gotten better. If you need an efficient and popular free video chat app, Skype for Windows 8 is the answer.
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