Skype is a free downloadable program, which enables users to make free Internet calls, instant message, and video chat. Often, Skype is used to make calls to an individual client, friend, or  family member. Free features include:

  • Platform Independence (Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android)
  • Live One-To-One Video Calls and Group Calls up to 25 people
  • Skype Call to Mobile and Landlines for a subscription
  • Leave or Receive Voice Messages for free
  • Screen Sharing

Skype also has a variety of other features, which are accessible when you buy Skype credit. However, even without Skype credit, Skype is still very useful for video and voice calling at Luther.

We recommend using Google Hangouts (up to 10 people) or Skype (up to 25 people) for video conferencing sessions. When you're wanting a more structured, controlled environment, GoToMeeting (up to 100 people) is ideal. Google Hangouts and Skype sessions may be initiated by the Luther community at any time; GoToMeeting sessions require advance notification and setup by ITS.

You  can start a Skype call on your own. However, if you would like support for your Skype call, contact Multimedia at x1823, email [email protected], or enter your request online at


  • Skype
  • Web Cam (for video)
  • Microphone (for voice)

Installing Skype

1. Download and install Skype using the instructions provided.

2. Install Skype using the instructions provided.

Using Skype

Skype has provided excellent directions on their website on using Getting Help with Skype. Most instructions are applicable for both the Windows and Macintosh versions.