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Video Teleconferencing Made Easy

There are many expensive programs for video teleconferencing. Some even require a monthly fee. Luckily, we have found Skype and VSee. These two programs are full of useful features, easy to install, user-friendly and, best of all, cost you nothing to use.
 
Skype, available at www.skype.com, is a free program that allows video and audio conversations with other Skype users. All you need is an internet connection and a microphone. Skype also allows you to make calls from your computer to any phone in the world for a small fee (less than 2 cents a minute).

VSee, from www.vseelab.com, is a lesser-known free program that allows you to share your desktop (application sharing) while conducting audio and video conferences. Any window on your computer screen can be shared with other VSee users in your teleconference. The better data collaboration lets you share ideas as if you were in the same room together.

Skype vs. VSee

Skype is much easier to use for communication as there is very little configuration necessary. As of December 2nd, Skype supports video as well as audio. The new version is available from www.skype.com at the downloads page as the Skype beta 2.0 version. It works just like the old version of Skype, except if you have a webcam installed the person you are speaking with will see your video as well as hear you speak. For any one-on-one conversations you need to have, Skype is always best.

If you need multi-user video or any application sharing, VSee is the program of choice. As of this writing, Skype does not support multi-user video or application sharing.

VSee Features:

  • Voice/Video Chat and recording
  • Application/Desktop/Movie/PowerPoint sharing - you can allow others to see one of your applications, your entire desktop, a movie, a PowerPoint presentation, or allow them to control the application on your screen
  • Real-time annotation of shared application by other users
  • Text chat for those without microphones or to share things such as internet links that would be hard to explain verbally
  • All features are available in 2-10 person multi-user meetings

Please Click here for online instructions on how to install and use VSee for video conferencing.

To download a Word document of instructions, please click here.

 

 
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