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Remote Meeting Applications

This instruction guide is designed to explain the various benefits and features of each software so that you can make an informed decision as to which would be most useful and beneficial to your needs.



The first prominent video call software, Skype has audio calls and HD (high definition) video calls.  You can chat (there is a search function for texts for easy discovery), share screens, and enter into private chat messaging. Skype allows you to have 50 people on a video call. For deaf and hard of hearing individuals, there are live captions.  You can invite participants via phone number, email, or Skype username.There is an app for both Android and IOS software.

Additionally, Skype has end to end encryption. This prevents random actors from getting access to your messages and other private information sent on Skype.

In this photo, this is a screenshot of a Skype call. You can mute/un-mute your microphone, turn on/off your video, and end the call at the bottom. In the top left hand corner, you can message. Additionally, if you wanted to show a different angle on your camera, you can change angles by switching from your front camera to your back camera.