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Mobile Video Conferencing Becomes Easier for a Laptop User Thanks to Windows 8

July 01, 2013

Many businesses have been using videoconferencing over the Internet to aid communication intiaticves by conducting live two-way video and audio transmissions. These days, one can see it used for meeting and/or training activities and for participating in educational courses from a distance.

Ever since Skype was released in 2003 and offered individuals a free app and service to communicate online through a Webcam and perform instant messaging and voice chat, the idea has rapidly evolved into what it is today: Not only businesses, but every user can communicateand meet-up online, anytime, anywhere.

The video conferencing experience has become more and more popular over the years as a way to save time and money by having people gather at a certain place and time to hold business meetings, collaboration and presentations without traveling. For many, unlike any other technology, what made it so popular is the fact that it provides operatives the means to communicate, analyze and share information and ideas with others in real-time.

Daily, there is a lot of “visual collaboration” online thanks to affordable and proprietary equipment, software and network services. This opportunity has given people who cannot meet face-to-face the ability to be part of a video-conferencing session.

Up to now, there have been many companies that have developed their own telepresence solutions using patented technologies; Microsoft is one such company with Skype and Lync; the latter offers integrated P2P and video conferencing capability, which is available online or the server platform.

Microsoft even has a “Skype for Windows 8”; which offers the same great experience but on a new “Metro-style” touch user interface. This latest operating system (OS) app is just another way the software giant has made communication a lot easier for mobile users.

Of course group video chat and messaging is possible on other OS platforms; many new generation computers, however, tend to be hand-held devices for those with Microsoft Windows 8 as a preferred platform. The real advantage of installing a video conferencing app, like Skype, Lync, or any other for that matter, onto portable units is the fact that mobile video conferencing has become the new trend to deliver an intuitive user experience for those users outside the office or home and on the move.

Polycom is one such company that lets customers securely extend the use of HD video collaboration with its enterprise-grade video conferencing solution, RealPresence Mobile; just so happens to be apt for high-scale mobility deployments. Alternatively, there is Polycom Telepresence m100, which is the company’s business-class video conferencing software for the desktop.

For the vast majority, Skype might be what an individual needs, but there are plenty of other video conferencing apps (like GoToMeeting and Google Talk) and vendors (such as Tandberg and Vidyo) to choose from that will allow users to have the same communication experience. It simply comes down to a user's preference of app and vendor, and then they can take full advantage of the benefits that video conferencing offers, in a mobile environment or not.

To know what’s new in Skype for Windows 8 (and learn more about the preview version of Windows 8.1) or anything related, be sure to visit the TMCnet-hosted Skype news site; it’s a one-stop source for everything Skype.