AIM Video Chat
You can start a chat session and click the video camera icon to open up a video call window. The rest is pretty straightforward. One odd thing here is that both my webcam and my microphone were turned off by default at first. So if others can't see or hear you during your video call, click Settings and make sure both the camera and mic are active.
You can also use AIM’s Video Chat tool on the Web to have a quick video call without logging in anywhere or downloading the AIM client to your desktop. It’s pretty basic but does the trick when you want a fast face-to-face.
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