Skype allows you to video conference with other people in which you can communicate and collaborate face-to-face, through video. You can also share files and links, as well as share your screen while doing this.
- [Oliver] When most people think of Skype, they think of an online video chat. In this video, we'll take a look at how to use Skype to do this. Now, if there's someone that you want to communicate with or do a video chat with, you'll want to add them in as a contact. In this case, I want to Skype with my friend and coworker, Christen, who I've already added in as a contact. Now, in order to make this call, I can go over to the left hand side, where my contacts are, and then click on Christen's name. This'll bring up her account, and I can see here at the top that it brings up her name as well as her profile picture, and I know she's online because I can see the green circle with the check mark inside of it.
In the middle of the page, I can see any communication history that I've had with Christen, so I can see some practice videos that we did as well as the conversation that we had in a previous video. So at this point, I'm ready to make the call. Now I'd likely want to check my settings for my audio and video, but this is something we did in a previous video, so let's go ahead and make the call, and I'll do this by clicking on the camera icon up at the top. This will call Christen. (Skype ringing) Hello Christen.
- Hey, Oliver. - Now, while I'm in this call, I have some other options. I can share files or links with Christen by going to the top and clicking on the message icon. So Christen, I'm going to send you a link to the LinkedIn learning website. - Okay. - I'll paste that in here, and when I'm done, I'm going to click enter. - I see it, thanks. - Okay, so this is a way to share files, links and other things with them. Now, I can close out the chat window by clicking on Hide That, and you have some other options.
At the bottom, if I click on the camera icon, that will block my camera so that Christen won't be able to see me, this would be if I have to get up or do something. I can also click on the microphone icon, which will mute my microphone, so when I have that, Christen cannot hear me. Turn that back on, and then there's the + symbol, and if I click this, I have the ability to take a picture, I can send files, send contacts, as well as some other things. So, thank you very much, Christen, and - You're welcome. - When I'm done here, I can hang up the call by clicking on the red phone icon.
(Skype dings) And that's how simple it is to communicate through a Skype video call. Next, let's take a look at some other options that we have.
- Creating a Skype account
- Adding contacts
- Making video and audio-only calls
- Sharing your screen
- Messaging with Skype
- Making calls to mobile phones and landlines
- Using Skype Translator