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Gmail introduces Voice & Video Chat

Posted on: November 12, 2008

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The Gmail team today introduced voice and video chat right inside Gmail.

You just have to download and install the voice and video plugin and restart the browser and  Gmail does the rest.

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Once you install the plugin, to start a video chat, just click on the “Video & more” menu at the bottom of your Gmail chat window, and choose “Start video chat.” You’ll have a few seconds to make sure you look presentable while it’s ringing, and then you’ll see and hear your friend live, right from within Gmail. You can click the “pop-out” iconto make the video larger, or click the fullscreen iconin the upper left-hand corner for a fully immersive experience.

The video and voice quality of the service are excellent but be warned it uses a lot of memory and slower computers might get stuck. Newer computers are unlikely to face this problem.

The addition of voice and video makes Gmail a more compelling product. It’s very nice to have all the major communications channels (e-mail, chat, voice, video, and soon, SMS) in one place and under one log-on.

Check out the video –

Google has also tied up with Logitech and Buy.com to help you buy a webcam.

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[via Gmail Blog]


3 Responses to "Gmail introduces Voice & Video Chat"

Excellent, more and more full-service Gmail

This service rocks!!

This is great! And video chat does not get any easier than that.

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