Thursday, November 13, 2008

Google goes for video and voice chat

On Tuesday Google Inc launched a free Web-based service that competes with the likes of eBay's Skype. Google recently added a voice and video chat feature to its Gmail email service.

If you are a Gmail and Google App subscriber, you can now choose to speak with friends on a video screen and at the same time IM them in a Google Chat box.

The video screen can be popped out of the chat box and moved around your computer screen. You can also change the size of the video pop-out screen and even make it full size.

"The idea was to make it quicker and easier to communicate with other people by whatever means is best convenient," said Google spokesperson Jason Freidenfelds.

"It's a nice alternative for businesses looking for another way for people to connect," he said.

This new addition to Google apps is available for both PC and Mac users.

A webcam and small web browser plug-in is all that you need to use the video chat. if you do not have a webcam, don't fret, you will still be able to chat with friends by voice.