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Videoconferencing can also be achieved from most modern computers, tablets and Smart Phones.

These "VCon Lite" systems tend not to offer the same quality and features of dedicated systems, but are suitable for informal and person to person meetings.

The most popular VCon Lite system is Skype, which is available for Macs, PCs and a wide range of Smartphones, including iPhones.

Skype key facts include:

  • Free for Internet conferencing
  • Proprietary system, requiring all conference delegates to have an account
  • Can be used for video or audio conferencing. Media Services can advise on compatible microphones and cameras
  • Offers limited collaboration tools
  • Skype is an independent system that requires its own username and password

Note: Media Services does not offer a full support service for Skype, but will provide advice on a best endeavour basis.

To install Skype on a PC carry out the following:

  • Go to to Skype.com
  • Select the "Join Skype" tab
  • Select the Create an Account" tab if you don't have an account
  • Follow the instructions on the screen

If required Skype will download software on to your PC, simply follow the install instructions.

Upon launching Skype you will see the Welcome Skype screen. If you tick "Sign me in when Skype starts" box then Skype will remember your password and sign you in automatically.

Skype is very intuitive, simply set up your main contacts and you are ready to go. To make a call, select a contact and press the "Call" button.

Skype's main role is to support video calls. It is not a full document collaboration application (such as "Google Docs"). However it does offer Instant Messaging (IM), and the ability to share your screen, which could be used for presentation purposes.

If you would like a demonstration of Skype or any of the University's Videoconferencing options please email avs@qub.ac.uk or phone (0289097) 6499.

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