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Paul Fryer Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)

I am just about to get a new facetime-ready iMac, and wondered whether facetime will work to users on Windows computers.  And if so, what application would they need?

 

Most of my contacts are as-yet-unconverted Windows users.

 

Thanks.


iMac G5 (1st gen). MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Bluetooth mouse/KB. Airport card. VirtualPC. WD 500GB MyBook E
  • 1. Re: Facetime to Windows?
    Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (41,525 points)

    No.

     

    Allan

  • 2. Re: Facetime to Windows?
    BobHarris Level 6 Level 6 (13,110 points)

    No unless someone decides to build a FaceTime compatible Windows application.


    However, you could use Skype

    <http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/home>

     

    Computer-to-Computer connections are free.  Skype works with Macs and WIndows.

  • 3. Re: Facetime to Windows?
    Paul Fryer Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)

    Thanks, Bob.

     

    Looks almost as if Facetime and Skype are trying to do much the same thing, although I appreciate that Skype has a much wider focus.  I'll go that route for now.

  • 4. Re: Facetime to Windows?
    kirkland y Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    To Apple:

     

    If you ever plan to compete with now microsoft owned Skype, you must make a client for Windows PC's.  If you don't, FaceTime will fail.  Simple as that.  I would be surprised if you dont, seeing how you claim to put what the user wants before much else. And users want to be able to call everyone on facetime.  Trust me, do a good job and you will quite quickly destroy Skype.

  • 5. Re: Facetime to Windows?
    Asatoran Level 4 Level 4 (2,535 points)

    kirkland y wrote:

     

    To Apple:

     

    If you ever plan to compete with now microsoft owned Skype, you must make a client for Windows PC's.  If you don't, FaceTime will fail.  Simple as that.  I would be surprised if you dont, seeing how you claim to put what the user wants before much else. And users want to be able to call everyone on facetime.  Trust me, do a good job and you will quite quickly destroy Skype.

    Note: this is a user-to-user forum and Apple doesn't necessarily read anything in here.  If you wish, you can tell Apple your thoughts:

     

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/

  • 6. Re: Facetime to Windows?
    commodore256 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm a De-converted Mac user (I went Mac and went back) and I could easily wireshark facetime to record those calls via wifi from a windows machine. (Haven't done it, but I read up on how to do it)

     

    It's nothing but open/unencrypted protocals, I just need find a way to feed video into it and rickroll the guy on the other end, lol.

  • 7. Re: Facetime to Windows?
    commodore256 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Why do you insist on facetime anyway?

     

    Skype is cross-platform

  • 8. Re: Facetime to Windows?
    Garfield67 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    commodore256 wrote:

     

    Why do you insist on facetime anyway?

     

    Skype is cross-platform

     

    I tried many mobile communication apps (Skype and many using Google Voice) over wi-fi for our park of 20 Ipod Touch 4.   Facetime/iMessage is the best by far.

     

    The key is integration, IMO.

     

    With Skype, you have to make sure that application is running on both devices.   With Facetime, you don't have to bother.

     

    Facetime on iOS seems also to have an higher processor priority over other applications (including Skype) and it shows by its great performance.

     

    For the future version of Mobile Windows, I read that Skype might be integrated.   For now, Facetime is still ahead of the game in mobile devices.

     

    It would be fantastic to us if there could be a Windows 7 application that would talk to Factime devices.   Why not a plug-in (or equivalent) for web browsers?

  • 9. Re: Facetime to Windows?
    jennamarietx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Facetime works well, and very reliably. Skype (from what I've seen) does neither.

  • 10. Re: Facetime to Windows?
    tlhintoq Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    My guess would be because it is a good, stable application that isn't owned my Microsoft and come pre-installed on Macs, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.  As an IT support tech for years I will vouche for how nice it is to have as few third-party applications as possible.  Its a hassle to need to use application 'a' to talk to these 10 people but for these other 20 people you need application 'b' and that means no way to have all 30 on the same conversation. Plus it means additional training and so on.

     

    Rather than make everyone with an iPhone use Skype it might be a lot easier in their enterprise to just have the 3 PC users install an Apple developed Facetime application for PC.

  • 11. Re: Facetime to Windows?
    Michael Cheung Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    In addition to Skype, I believe Google also has video chat features in Gmail and Google+.

  • 12. Re: Facetime to Windows?
    tlhintoq Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I think one of the biggest considerations should be standards.

    Facetime protocol is an open industry standard. Skype and Google are not.  Apple gave out the protocol to the world to be freely supported and show complete transparancy.  Skype and Google are owned propriatory formats that do have API's for programmers.  So that means the true nature of what those protocols are doing isn't seen by the coding community at large: They just have commands they can call to activate features.   For those that care about security that's important.  Facetime isn't encrypted, so it isn't what I would consider 'secure' but at least I can see that my log-in information isn't being deliberately copied and databased to the Skype (Microsoft) servers or sent off-shore to India.

     

    Apple develops a LOT that it later just gives to the world.  The Facetime protocol most recently, Firewire before that and I'm sure a lot more that I just don't track.  Its one of the reasons I support them.  Its also one of the reasons their laptops are $2500 for something of the same power as a $1500 PC: All that R&D has to get paid for someplace.

  • 13. Re: Facetime to Windows?
    theapplekid Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Actually, they do review the messages so they can see it

  • 14. Re: Facetime to Windows?
    jdran Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yeah man...Skype is cross platform and a machine heater-toaster..

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