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Computer Basics Absolute Beginner’s Guide, Windows® 8.1 Edition, Seventh Edition by Michael Miller

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20. Video Chatting with Friends and Family

Not everyone lives close to family and friends. Even if you do have a close-knit local community, you may find yourself missing loved ones when you’re traveling. Just because you’re far away, however, doesn’t mean that you can’t stay in touch—on a face-to-face basis.

When you want to talk to your family members and other loved ones, nothing beats a video call. All you need is a webcam built into or connected to your PC and a service that lets you make face-to-face calls. When it comes to Windows 8.1, you can use either the built-in Skype app or Facebook’s video calling function. Either one lets you talk via video to the people you ...

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