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Group calling in Skype allows you to invite up to ten people to join you in a conference call. This can be a video or audio-only call. There are a couple of requirements though. On Windows you need to use Skype for Windows Desktop instead of Skype for Windows 8 as I covered in the previous movie where we installed the desktop version. Also you need to have a Skype Premium account to start a group video call. Other people without Premium accounts can join the call but the person who initiates it needs to be a Premium account holder.
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  1. 3m 25s
    1. Welcome
      39s
    2. Who is this course for?
      36s
    3. What is Skype, and why use it?
      2m 10s
  2. 15m 1s
    1. Getting the right equipment
      1m 28s
    2. Launching Skype and logging in
      2m 29s
    3. Navigating the interface
      2m 51s
    4. Configuring your profile and account settings
      2m 31s
    5. Adding and managing contacts
      5m 42s
  3. 4m 45s
    1. Setting up your webcam
      2m 4s
    2. Setting up your microphone and speakers
      1m 5s
    3. Making a test call
      1m 36s
  4. 9m 59s
    1. Understanding calling options
      1m 2s
    2. Making a video call and sending video messages
      4m 12s
    3. Making an audio call
      1m 37s
    4. Sending text chat messages
      2m 1s
    5. Receiving calls
      1m 7s
  5. 7m 47s
    1. Understanding mobile Skype features
      1m 46s
    2. Using Skype on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
      1m 52s
    3. Using Skype on Android phones and tablets
      2m 8s
    4. Using Skype on Windows Phone and Windows tablets
      2m 1s
  6. 18m 52s
    1. Skyping to and from landlines and mobile phones
      2m 49s
    2. Setting up a Skype number to accept calls from phones worldwide
      3m 28s
    3. Setting up a Skype To Go number to call phones worldwide
      3m 17s
    4. Sending SMS messages to mobile phones
      1m 42s
    5. Setting up Skype voicemail
      1m 51s
    6. Setting up call forwarding
      1m 48s
    7. Sending files
      1m 27s
    8. Recording Skype calls
      2m 30s
  7. 10m 22s
    1. Installing Skype for Windows desktop
      4m 10s
    2. Making a group video call with Skype for Windows desktop
      2m 16s
    3. Sharing your screen with Skype for Windows desktop
      3m 56s
  8. 5m 6s
    1. Managing privacy settings
      2m 54s
    2. Getting the best video quality
      1m 11s
    3. Getting the best audio quality
      1m 1s
  9. 32s
    1. Wrapping up
      32s

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Up and Running with Skype for Windows | Online Video Tutorial
1h 15m Beginner Jan 02, 2014

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Get up and running with Skype, the tool for calling, video chatting, messaging, and sharing with others—wherever you are. With this course, you'll learn the basics from creating an account and adding contacts to making your first call—via audio, video, or even instant message. Author Lisa Larson-Kelley will guide you through setting up the tools you need, your webcam and your microphone, and making a test call. You'll even learn how to use Skype by connecting with Facebook, and also on various mobile devices. You'll then be on your way to more advanced features like calling a landline, making a group video call, and recording Skype calls. You'll also learn how to troubleshoot Skype so you have the best video and audio quality.

Topics include:
  • Getting the right equipment
  • Launching Skype
  • Adding and managing contacts
  • Making audio and video calls
  • Using Skype on mobile devices
  • Setting up Skype voicemail
  • Recording Skype calls
  • Sharing your screen
  • Making group calls
  • Managing privacy settings
Subject:
Business
Software:
Skype
Author:
Lisa Larson-Kelley

Making a group video call with Skype for Windows desktop

Group calling in Skype allows you to invite up to ten people to join you in a conference call. This can be a video or audio-only call. There are a couple of requirements though. On Windows you need to use Skype for Windows Desktop instead of Skype for Windows 8 as I covered in the previous movie where we installed the desktop version. Also you need to have a Skype Premium account to start a group video call. Other people without Premium accounts can join the call but the person who initiates it needs to be a Premium account holder. With a Premium account you get group video calling, group screen sharing, no banner ads, live chat customer support.

And unlimited calls to a country of your choice. You can upgrade your account to a premium account for 9.99 a month. If you have a premium account, and have Skype for Windows Desktop installed, let me show you how to start a group video call. Here we are in Skype for Windows Desktop. I'm going to invite a few of my contacts into a call. To do so, click on this Group Chat icon. And then you can just drag and drop the people that you want to be in the call. Once you have everyone there, you could save this group in your contacts if you call the same group of people often, or you can just initiate a call.

So I'm going to click a video call and here comes Scott. And great, everybody's here. So thanks so much for joining my call and helping me demonstrate this. And everything looks great. We can see everybody. And that's all I needed. Thanks, guys. So there are a few limitations to these group calls, there are a few limitations. Microsoft suggests that you limit your calls to five people for the best video quality and you need to have a fast computer at least one Giga Hertz CPU and 512 Megabytes of memory.

You can't start a Group Video Call in Skype from Mobile, Linux and of course Skype for Windows 8. However, you can participate in it if someone else invited you. Group Video Calls can be really useful when working with remote teams or just getting the family together to catchup.

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