Google is finally rolling out video and voice capabilities for the chat function that is embedded in the Gmail interface. It's a bare-bones voice and video-conferencing service, but it's simple to install and use and is a very good addition to Gmail. Its no where near skype though and currently do not provide connection to the outside network.
The voice and video quality on the service are decently good taking into consideration i m connected to the Hotel's ADSL network in Manila. Unlike many current video chat products, Gmail Video and Voice uses a proprietary plug-in, not Flash. The small (2MB) download supports Firefox, IE, and Chrome on the PC, and Firefox on the Mac.
Gmail Video and Voice will be made available to all Gmail users starting Tuesday at noon PST. global rollout should be complete by the end of the day. It works, it's easy, and if you're a Gmail user, the service is just what you would had been waiting for.
See this all in action in the video below:
This is great! And video chat does not get any easier than that.
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