My 2 Cents: Now here is a very nice new function added to gMail…have not had a chance to try it out but let me know what ya think :O)
Today, the Gmail team at Google has expanded GMail capabilities by including video and voice chat. On the Gmail blog Justin Uberti, software engineer for Google, writes, â€ś[T]oday weâ€™re launching voice and video chat â€” right inside Gmail. Weâ€™ve tried to make this an easy-to-use, seamless experience, with high-quality audio and video â€” all for free.â€ť In order to access Gmail Video and Voice Chat, users have to install the voice and video plug-in, and, as the Uberti states it, Google â€śtakes care of the rest.â€ť Gmail Voice and Video Chat was designed using Internet standards such as XMPP, RTP and H.264, making the Google program able to interact with separate, third-party applications, assuming those separate voice and video applications decide to allow Gmailâ€™s offering to interact with them.
Installation is easy and only takes a few seconds to download the plug-in. Once the browser is restarted, a â€śVideo and moreâ€ť menu will appear at the bottom of the Gmail page. Go to the menu and select â€śstart video chat.â€ť It will take a few moments for the video call to connect with your friend of co-worker. Once the video and voice session is initiated, users can pop the window out of the Gmail interface, just like an Gchat instant message window. Users are then given the option to go full screen with the chat, for an up close and personal experience with your chat partner. In order for Gmail Voice and Video to function on your machine a Web cam is required. The Gmail team guarantees that the functionality for MAC will be available to everyone in the next couple of days.