Use Your Computer To Talk To Loved Ones On Thanksgiving

Gplus-Hangout

(KTVI) – Remember when it was a big deal to call long distance to speak with your relatives on a special day? Those days are long gone. Phone calls are commonplace now.  But speaking with someone is still not the same as seeing them.

There are a variety of services you can now use to video conference with your loved ones. Don’t just talk with your grandparents 2,000 miles away – video chat with them!

Here are some of the options available.

SKYPE: http://beta.skype.com/en/
You can choose from a free level or a premium level. The premium always offers more options. It’s great for a one-on-one conversation. It works with both Apple and PC computers.

FACETIME: http://www.apple.com/mac/facetime/
This is a great option between Apple devices or Macs. 

GOOGLE PLUS HANGOUTS: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/hangoutplugin
Want to talk with up to 10 people on different devices? Hangouts is the new favorite for many people. If you have a gmail account or use Google Plus, it’s easy to set up and use.

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Other services you might want to consider. Often used for corporate meetings, you can share your computer screen as well as a web cam.

WEBEX: http://www.webex.com/

YAHOO MESSENGER: http://messenger.yahoo.com/

MICROSOFT LIVE MEETING: http://www.livemeetingplace.com/

ADOBE CONNECT: http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.html

GOTO MEETING: http://www.gotomeeting.com/fec/