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How To Do Video Chatting With Skype


Posted Date: 19-Jul-2011  Last Updated:   Category: Computer & Technology    
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Skype is one of the most widely used and simple to have a video conversation with people who are in any other part of the world. With speeds blazing, video calling has become a very easy and useful way of communication. Know all about video calling and Skype in this article.



Have you ever felt the need to look at somebody's face while talking to him/her? Often, communication feels void when you cannot see the other person. But what if the other person is on the other side of the globe? Despair not, in such a case, all you need is a computer, the internet at a decent speed, a webcam and a microphone, and a program called Skype. You can see the other person smile, blush and laugh, at the same time while talking to him/her, as if the person is in the same room!

What is Skype?


Skype is a very useful tool for conversing with your near and dear ones, when they are not so near to you physically.
It is basically a software which allows you to make online calls. Skype offers a free service for computer to computer calls anywhere on the globe. Whats more, it also allows you to make video calls totally free of cost, just like you make audio calls. Now isn't that a wonderful thing?

Also, you can make international calls to phones from your computer, at very low rates. But mainly, Skype is used for making free video calls.

Skype is free to download, install and use. If you do not have Skype on your computer, you will have to download Skype and install to get started.

How to use Skype


Once you have installed Skype, you have to sign up for Skype account. It is similar to how you sign up for an email account. After signing up and logging in on Skype, you can add people in your contact lists, so that you can see each other when you are online and have an audio or video call. To add a person in your contacts list, simply click on the "Add a contact" button at the bottom of your contacts menu, as shown in the picture. A new window opens where you can enter the details of the contact you are searching for. The details include his/her email ID, real name, Skype Name, and telephone number. After entering the details, a search is made and we can select our contact from the list of search results. After adding the contact, approval is needed by the contact before you can make audio and video calls.

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After the approval of your contact, you can see him/her in the contacts list if he/she is online. To initiate a video call, just click on the contact name, and press the green "Call" button. The other person will be notified that you want to have a video conversation, and after he/she answers the call, you can see his/her video on the screen while he/she can see yours!
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