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    Posted on MrJimPhelps Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Home Forums AskWoody support Questions: Browsers and desktop software Facetime for Windows 8.1

    This topic contains 7 replies, has 5 voices, and was last updated by  MrJimPhelps 2 weeks, 4 days ago.

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    • #1984912 Reply

      MrJimPhelps
      AskWoody_MVP

      Can anyone recommend a good Facetime for Windows 8.1 option? I have heard that I first need to install an Android emulator, then Facetime. I wonder if there is a more straightforward way than this.

      I would appreciate any info anyone could share along these lines.

      Jim

      Group "L" (Linux Mint)
      with Windows 8.1 running in a VM
    • #1996837 Reply

      Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      Jim, there’s no Facetime for Android AFAIK.

      Sorry… but it’s wholly proprietary to Apple’s iOS/macOS systems.

      Hope this helps…

    • #1996902 Reply

      Alex5723
      AskWoody Plus

      Can anyone recommend a good Facetime for Windows 8.1 option? I have heard that I first need to install an Android emulator, then Facetime. I wonder if there is a more straightforward way than this.

      I would appreciate any info anyone could share along these lines.

      Jim

      What’s wrong with current software like Skype, WhatsApp…

      • #1996927 Reply

        Rick Corbett
        AskWoody_MVP

        Umm… not what the OP asked for.

      • #2008273 Reply

        MrJimPhelps
        AskWoody_MVP

        What’s wrong with current software like Skype, WhatsApp…

        The problem is, my 12 year old is always using her mother’s iPhone to do Facetime with her friends, and my wife wants her iPhone back. If we could move all of the Facetime activities to the Windows 8.1 laptop, my wife would get her iPhone back.

        Group "L" (Linux Mint)
        with Windows 8.1 running in a VM
    • #1996909 Reply

      mn–
      AskWoody Lounger

      … right. Not only do you need an Apple device to run it on, you also need to have an Apple ID.

      It’s technically possible install MacOS in a VM and run Facetime in that. It’s just, legally, this is only allowed if the underlying hardware is a Mac.

      • #1996922 Reply

        Microfix
        Da Boss

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackintosh
        Tried this on a certain model of Gigabyte mobo years ago..went to linux very soon after

        ********** Win7 x64/x86 | Win8.1 x64 | Linux Hybrids x64 **********

        • #1998459 Reply

          mn–
          AskWoody Lounger

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackintosh
          Tried this on a certain model of Gigabyte mobo years ago..went to linux very soon after

          Exactly. Note especially,

          Apple’s software license for macOS only permits the software’s use on computers that are “Apple-branded.”[4]

          So. As I understand this, to run Facetime on Windows 8.1 legally you need,

          1) Intel-based Mac hardware. Can be used. Market pricing
          2) Windows 8.1 license. Either retail, or volume/subscription with downgrade rights.
          3) Installing Windows 8.1 on the Mac hardware. Might be a bit of a bother to install, depending.
          4) A VM host component in Windows 8.1. Easily available.
          5) A Hackintosh VM guest. Just a bit of work.
          6) Actually installing MacOS in the VM and making it work. This part might be a significant amount of work, depending.
          7) Valid Apple ID and ability to install applications from Apple’s store …

          And that’s not going into making the camera work in it.

          I don’t think I’d bother.

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