Image: Screen capture of my Skype chat with Julian

Screen capture of my Skype chat with Julian

As you can see, the pixelation and coloration of the image is noticeably sub-par. The sound quality is rather tinny, however in my experience, the sound did not drop out to the extent that conversation wasn’t coherent. There was a lag in the words being uttered and the sound being heard on the other end, but considering most Skype calls do not take place with participants sitting right next to each other, it should not be a main concern.

Aspects that would affect the quality of the call would be the quality of the internet connection. As Julian and I are both using a public Wifi, in a room where there are at least a dozen people using the same network, it may have attributed to the lower quality of call. If a call conference/interview is conducted via a wired network, using better camera and microphone equipment, as long as the ISP is reliable, the calls should be near perfect.

Using the chat function, we were able to send text messages, as well as links – which open on a separate browser. We were also able to share files stored in our respective computers, and even share with the other what is on our desktop screen. These functions serve to be useful in a collaborative situation, such as IT support or information sharing.

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