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My system is Windows 7. Can I download and use Facetime so

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My system is Windows 7. Can I download and use Facetime so that I can video/audio conference with my friends that use Mac?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Mac
Expert:  Steve Herrod replied 5 years ago.

Steve Herrod :

Hi, I'll be happy to help with this issue

JACUSTOMER-v8hcehkw- :

So, can I use Facetime on Windows 7. My friends us iChat. I can join them in a chat room, but can only type while they are able to talk and see each other.

Steve Herrod :

There isn't a Facetime app available for Windows - Apple haven't made the protocols available to other developers yet

Steve Herrod :

there may be some 3rd party solutions though

JACUSTOMER-v8hcehkw- :

Is there some other method that we can all use?

Steve Herrod :

Skype would be the logical choice

Steve Herrod :

as they have Mac/Windows clients

Steve Herrod :

and video/audio works across both

JACUSTOMER-v8hcehkw- :

I downloaded Skype, but it is not clear that I can do more than 2-way conversations without paying a large fee,

Steve Herrod :

if you are doing computer to computer with Skype then it would be free

Steve Herrod :

I think for personal use there is a limit of how many people can be connected with video at any one time thought

Steve Herrod :

hence their business plans

Steve Herrod :

how many people would be in chat at any time?

JACUSTOMER-v8hcehkw- :

So, if we're all on our computers, then Skype can be used by 3 parties together without incurring additional costs to any of us?

Steve Herrod :

yes, if all on computers then Skype conference call would be free

JACUSTOMER-v8hcehkw- :

Thank you so much. I'll see if the others have Skype or are willing to get it.

Steve Herrod :

no problem

JACUSTOMER-v8hcehkw- :

Bye for now.

Steve Herrod :

Bye

Steve Herrod :

if Skype isn't going to provide the solution then you can use AIM and iChat but there are some configuration steps needed first