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 Meet (up to 50 people) or Skype (up to 25 people) for video conferencing sessions. When you're wanting a more structured, controlled environment, Zoom (up to 100 people) is ideal.

Faculty, staff, and students can start a Google Hangouts Meet, Skype or Zoom Basic session at any time. Zoom Pro sessions require advance notification and setup by ITS.

Zoom Pro 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

Download and install Skype using the instructions provided on their website at Download Skype.

Using Skype

Skype has provided excellent directions on their website at Skype Help.

Webcams and tripods are available for checkout from the Circulation Desk in Preus Library. These webcams have a built in microphone. ITS also has two conference carts that may be requested to be set up through