After several years of Windows 7, and decades before that of all previous Windows versions, which are more or less similar to Windows 7, Microsoft finally revamped its famous OS in a way that has been as radical as the switch over from the earliest Windows 3 series to the now famous GUI look of Windows 95.
As is the case with any drastic change to a system used by millions of mass market consumers, many of them less than tech savvy, there have been more than a few bumps in the process. Windows 8, which is largely designed for touch devices instead of mouse controlled computers, is truly quite different in its display than all previous versions of the operating system and this has been a problem when it comes to adding in or using certain key features of business operations in a personal computing device.
One of these important components is video conferencing and calling technology, and incorporating it to the new Windows 8 operating system can seem a bit tricky for those of us who are used to classical Windows interfaces and software compatibility.
Luckily though, it’s not as hard as it seems to get video calling working on the latest Microsoft OS and with a bit of work, you’ll be good to go through any one of several options.
Skype for Windows 8
Since Skype is now owned by Microsoft, it’s only natural that the popular video calling/conferencing software developed by Skype now be highly compatible with Windows 8. And sure enough, it is; with your new Windows OS, be it on your tablet, PC or Windows phone, you can quickly and easily integrate Skype services with your needs and benefit from this free but powerful application’s capacity for being used in person-to-person video calls, or multiparty video conferences that also allow data sharing.
In order to download this video conferencing software, simply open your Start tab by touching the little Windows button (with the wavy window), type “Skype” into the search bar, click on the Skype logo tile that appears and begin the installation process as described in the instructions that follow. You will need to sign into Skype services with your Microsoft account in order to begin installation of the application itself, so you might want to open one in advance if you don’t already have it.
Once Skype installation is finished, the tile for this fairly powerful video conferencing application will appear on your desktop for whenever you’d like to use it and its menu of internal video calling and multi-person conferencing tools.
Other Video Conferencing Options
Moving beyond the Microsoft owned Skype application or desktop software install, you do also have other options, just as you would have had for previous versions of Windows since, after all, the new 8 OS is meant to be a fully functional replacement of previous versions and all their capacities.
The main questions is one of whether you want a Windows 8 Mobile friendly video calling application or a software video conferencing package that works for Windows 8 under PC mode.
Your business internet service will be an issue if you’re not prepared with the right equipment but if it’s the former, than options are still more limited, but under Windows 8 PC mode, most software packages that were install-able under Windows 7 can be downloaded and made to work with Windows 8.
Let’s quickly look at a couple of examples:
The well-known web based video conferencing platform also has a downloadable application through which you can set up an account, facilitate meetings with several different partners or log into another account holder’s scheduled video conferences.
When it comes to Windows, GoToMeeting is one step ahead of some rivals and has already developed a compatible application for the Microsoft OS. This can be downloaded right from the Windows 8 AppStore, from websites like CNET.com or from the site of GoToMeeting itself.
Like we had said above, in PC mode, Windows 8 is practically as compatible with most third party software and web based platforms as its predecessor Windows 7 was. Thus, numerous calling or conferencing software packages will work just as well and be just as easy to install as they have been with older Windows versions.
One of these downloadable software packages is Cisco’s WebEx video conferencing software. It can be obtained from the WebEx site itself and as a PC tool, is downloadable and installable to Windows 8 just as it would have been for previous Windows versions.
This rule applies to many video conferencing applications; while many of them don’t yet have a mobile app version that fits the new Microsoft OS, they can still be installed as PC tools.