Items tagged with videochat

Back in late 2008, Google added video chat capabilities to Gmail, giving users a viable non-Skype way to communicate with friends, family, and coworkers. Not quite four years later, Google has updated the Gmail's video chat service with Google+ Hangout technology. The original version of Gmail video chat used peer-to-peer technology, but Hangouts (to quote the official Gmail Blog) “utilize the power of Google’s network to deliver higher reliability and enhanced quality”. Gmail users will all get the Hangouts update, but Google+ users will get a little more from it, including the... Read more...
Windows-based Skype users have reason to be enthused with the unveiling of version 5.8. New features include full HD video calls, Facebook audio and video calling, push to talk functionality, and group screen sharing. Assuming you have a capable webcam such as the Logitech C920 (so suggests the blog announcement), users can now make video calls in HD. Though still in beta, the Facebook calling feature should appeal to a wide range of users; it enables you to make audio or video calls to your Facebook friends, even if they aren’t Skype users. The new push to talk feature is designed for (nay,... Read more...
It's interesting to watch the interaction between consumer and enterprise. At some points, they each go decades without interfering with one another. But in other cases, the natural evolution of the product cycle makes one more viable than the other, or even viable in both arena. That's what is happening with telepresence solutions. At first, these mega-expensive rigs that connected entire classrooms of people with other classrooms located on the other side of the planet (or just across town) were perfect for institutions and businesses, but there wasn't really a practical use for the consumer.... Read more...