Thursday, November 13, 2008

Gmail voice and video chat

I happen to work in the New York City office (one of Google's many distributed offices), while most of my teammates work in the Mountain View headquarters. While we make good use of video conferencing, there are times when I need to talk to a teammate at a moment's notice.

That's where Gmail's new voice and video chat comes in. Now, regardless of where I am -- whether I'm in New York, working from home, or traveling -- I can connect with my coworkers instantly by starting a voice chat, or better yet, a video chat. By video chatting, we can hear and see each other in real time. And since voice and video chat is integrated with the Gmail interface, you can have a productive conversation with colleagues without ever leaving your browser.

Using voice and video chat in Gmail is free no matter how near or far the other person is. All it takes is a small (~2MB) plugin. For video chatting, you'll also need a webcam.

Learn more about voice and video chat and how to purchase a webcam at discounted prices (while supplies last and through 11/30/2008).

See voice and video chat in action:

[NFGB] Link - from Official Google Enterprise Blog
Related From Google Blogs:
Say hello to Gmail voice and video chat
Almost new in Labs: SMS Text Messaging for chat
New in Labs: Calendar and Docs gadgets
Behind the apps: Amazon and imeem

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