Skype is a free online video and audio conferencing platform. The latest version of Skype offers the clearest, crispest, sharpest quality video calling, and High Definition capability. If everyone on the call has an HD quality webcam, you can see the video in High Definition.

Skype Premium offers Group video calls with up to 10 people**, unlimited** calls to phones in US and Canada with 3 and 12 month subscriptions, and live chat customer support

Additional Information

Requirements • A dual core processor, and a fast internet connection of 512 kbit/s or more is required. PC running Windows® XP, Vista or 7, both 32- and 64-bit operating systems. • Internet connection – broadband is best (GPRS is not supported for voice calls). • Speakers and microphone – built-in or separate. • For voice calls recommend broadband connection with 100 kbps down / 100 kbps up. • For group video calling everyone on the call needs Skype 5.0 for Windows or Mac or higher plus webcams, and at least one person needs a group video calling subscription. For best quality we recommend you use a high-speed broadband connection of 4Mbps down / 512kbps up and a computer with a Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz processor. As a minimum you’ll need a high-speed broad connection of 512kbps down / 128kbps up and a computer with a 1 GHz processor. Group video calls can be between three or more people (up to a maximum of 10). For the best quality, we recommend calls with five people or fewer.

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