Can i use facetime to video chat with window pc?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by kim222, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. kim222, Apr 24, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2011

    macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2011
    Hi, can anyone tell me If i can use facetime to video chat with window pc? I use msn pc to pc. Now i want to use my ipad. I search on this subject but couldn' find answers to it yet. Do i need to use a video chat app? Then what is the best one out there? Thanks.
  2. macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2009
    Skype maybe?

    FaceTime is a Mac and iOS thing only.
  3. macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    Skype and Yahoo Messenger might be an option, but I haven't used those programs on Windows so I can't be certain.
  4. macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2011
    You can't Facetime to a PC, but you CAN AIM Messenger, Skype, yahoo... or google chat video !
  5. macrumors 68000


    Aug 1, 2010
    Keep in mind the Skype app is still not yet optimized for iPad. It's a just a blown up version of the iPhone app.
  6. macrumors 603

    Apr 24, 2010
    Newbury, UK
    Skype was fine to pc.

    There was talk of a windows FaceTime app, but that was just before the mac beta of FaceTime came out. No word since
  7. macrumors 68020

    Dec 18, 2009
    Personally I don't find it too much of a hindrance for video chat, especially with the jailbroken iPad with RetinaPad. It works pretty well and looks good. Unfortunately there's no break for the iPad 2 so mo RetinaPad, or is there a jailbreak now?
  8. macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2011
    TN USA
    yahoo and google can use the cameras on ipad2 for video chat?

    trying to find a solution myself...
  9. macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2010
    well ive used video chat with my gf..she was on a pc and was on my iphone4
    we used yahoo.. so i would assume its the same for ipad..
  10. macrumors 6502a


    May 29, 2008
    When FaceTime was first unveiled with the iPhone 4 apple said that FaceTime would be made an open standard. This has yet to come true.....
  11. ea9
    macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2011
    While they are at it maybe integrate a real instant messenger for all iOS devices....something that doesn't abuse data. All those third party apps are aweful. Just copy bbm into FaceTime,make a windows client and bababoom 50 million more users. Maybe make an extra buck by selling it in the blackberry and android app stores. Hah :D
  12. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2011
    Thanks everyone,

    I installed vtok on ipad and google video chat (with igoogle) on pc. It seemsworking fine :)
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2011
    MSN contacts

    So going back to the very original question, from an iPad2 is it possible to video chat with a MSN contact on PC?
  14. macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2008
    Rio Rancho, NM
    Skype is the best app out for Video Chat. It works on any platform. Iphone to PC, iMac to Android phone. It works over 3g and it has free instant messages.
  15. macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    Skype video chat and Android video chat are not yet available on all Android devices.

    Android video chat in particular will probably only be 2.3+. Skype video chat is only available on the Nexus S and one of the Verizon phones (i forget which one)

    The best option for cross platform video chat (including iOS/Android/PC) are yahoo messenger or Oovoo.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2011
    MSN contacts on Skype

    Sorry if this question sounds too basic and dumb, but I can access my MSN contact list using Skype? Or alternatively, if I am running Skype and the other PC user is running Windows Live Messenger, would that work for video chat?
  17. macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2011
    Austin TX
    Anyone you call must have a Skype account. The account is free and very easy to set up but still a necessity. And of course both of you must have Skype installed on your device. Skype cannot "chat" with Windows Live. Skype chats with Skype, Windows Live Messenger chats with Windows Live Messenger, etc.

    By the way, Skype works very well. On a PC or an IPad. The quality of the call depends on the quality of the connection either of you have. My husband and I have. Used Skype from the US to Iraq, Turkey, Kuwait, Italy, Mexico, Romania and several other places (he travels a lot).
  18. macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2011
    With acquisition of Skype by Microsoft, I was hoping there will eventually be some sort of interoperability between these networks, if not already. The problem is my contacts are mostly on Windows Live Messenger, perhaps because their contacts are too. It would not be easy to convince all of them to set up Skype.
  19. macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    Was about to post the same thing .... wonder why there are no Windows clients for it yet.
  20. macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2010
    Somerville, MA
    Shortly after Facetime was announced, a company called VirnetX sued Apple for patent infringement and won $368 million in damages. Apple made substantial changes to how Facetime works, but every time Apple releases another product with Facetime support, VirnetX takes them to court again claiming the changes didn't go far enough.

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