Ever since its inception in 2010 on iPhone and eventually Mac OS, FaceTime has been synonymous with video chatting, at least for Apple users. For those who don’t know, FaceTime is a free video calling software developed by Apple Inc. and it works on Apple devices exclusively. As soon as it was announced for iPhone, it became immensely popular with the masses. But there was a catch. Only users with the latest generation iPhone and iPod touch could use FaceTime. The process was fairly simple too. But other users wanted a piece of the action too and many complaints were registered for the same. Then apple came up with a brilliant idea. It added FaceTime support for Mac devices. Now, anyone with a Mac desktop and web cam could use FaceTime to call anyone with using FaceTime on Mac, iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Ever since, FaceTime has been an integral part of iOS and Mac ecosystems.
Using FaceTime on Mac
Using FaceTime on mac is just as easy as using it on iPhone. The app integrates with Mac OS Address Book, so there are no hassles involved. You simply have to select a contact you wish to call and FaceTime initiates the call. You can set up favourite contacts and there is quick access to the recently called people. Even if the software isn’t running, you will still receive FaceTime calls. FaceTime works on all devices with Mac OS X Snow Leopard and later, including all MacBooks and iMacs with built in web cams. FaceTime requires active internet connection at both ends to work.
Using FaceTime on PC
So, the most natural question that comes to mind next is, whether FaceTime is available for windows PCs. Though, Apple does not officially support FaceTime on PC. There are plenty of websites claiming sure – fire methods that allow users to use FaceTime on PC. But still, the simple truth of the matter is that no official support means more hassles, more difficulty in installing the software and in using it. Some of the methods include using an iOS emulator or an OS X emulator on windows. There are even some unofficial ports of the software for windows.
So let’s face it. If there is no official support for windows, why are the users so bent on using FaceTime? One factor may be the simplicity it offers. Other may be that all their contacts use FaceTime, so it’s more convenient. After all, the very reason for using any video calling service is to stay connected with the people who matter to us.
FaceTime may be a splendid way to video chat, but it isn’t all there is. There are plenty of excellent video chatting services available for windows, including the Microsoft’s ‘now in-house’ Skype. Skype even offers multi-platform support, so it works just as well on Mac as it works on Windows. And mind you, Skype isn’t just some alternative for FaceTime. It has its own set of features along with its own user base. The point here is that, true, FaceTime on Mac works great,but just because there is no official FaceTime for PC, doesn’t mean this is the end of the world.