How to make a video call with Skype from Hotmail

Skype is a popular VOIP service that lets you make video calls with other Skype users. However, if you’re using Hotmail as your email address, you may not be able to make calls through Skype. In this article, we’ll show you how to make a call using Skype from Hotmail.

What is Skype?

Skype is a free voice and video call service that lets you communicate with friends and family anywhere in the world. You can use Skype to make free or paid calls, and you can also join online groups to talk with other Skype users. How to make a video call with Skype from Hotmail
To make a video call with Skype from Hotmail, first open the Skype app on your desktop or laptop. Then sign in to your account if you haven’t already done so. Next, click the phone icon in the top left corner of the Skype window, and then click the Video Call button. (If you’re using a mobile app, tap the phone icon in the bottom left corner of the screen, and then tap Video Call.) In the Video Call window that pops up, enter your friend’s Skype name or number into the contact list box, and then hitCall. (If your friend is using an Android phone, tap their name or number in the Contacts list box on their chat screen, and then tap Call.) You’ll be prompted to enter your current location so that your friend can see where you are.

How to: Make a Skype Call

Now that you have your contacts, the next thing you’ll probably want to do is call one of them.

To do that just follow these instructions:

  • Start Skype
  • Select the person you want to call from the Contacts or Favorites area of the Home Screen. The contact needs to be available (if they are, a green icon will be displayed next to their name) for you to call them. If they’re not available, your call will fail but you could send an IM or video message.

  • In the screen that appears, you have to make a choice, you can either select the Video Call or Voice Call button in the lower left of the screen (we’ll touch on the Send/Add button in a bit)


  • As you might expect, the Video Call option will try to transmit/receive video and sound during your call and the Voice Call option will only send sound. If you’re on a low-bandwidth internet connection or haven’t showered yet that day, this is a good option.
  • The screen will change color and some call option icons appear near the bottom of the screen and you’ll hear ringing until the other person answers or the call fails. The illustration below outlines what the call option icons do

Now that you have the basics and can call someone from Skype, let’s move onto some of the other things you can do that you might not know about.



Skype is one of the most popular VoIP (voice over ip) services on the internet, and for good reason. It’s easy to use, provides great call quality, and is free to use with a Hotmail account. If you’re looking to make a video call from your Hotmail account but don’t know how, this guide will teach you everything you need to know.


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