Gmail Now With Voice Chat and Video

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Google just added voice and video chat capabilities to Gmail, the perennially in beta web mail program. It uses a special web browser plug-in available for PC and Mac, which requires Firefox, IE, Chrome, and a camera. The plug-in only weights 2MB. For now there's no video support in Google Chat, but you will be able to access this from the web browser, with the capability to tear the video chat into a separate window. According to Google spokesman Jason Freidenfelds, the idea is to make it "quicker and easier to communicate with other people by whatever means is best convenient." Which of course really means "easy to access video sex from any computer". [Reuters and Cnet]

DISCUSSION

kaisermachead
kaisermachead

Well so far it seems to work ok, though sometimes the connection can seem a bit wonky. For a beta run, it's ok, but hopefully the little error bugs I get will be ironed out soon.