Google adds Voice Chat and Video to Gmail

November 12, 2008

(Chattahbox) Google’s Gmail is one of the most popular Web-based email applications. Its’ popularity growing historically owing to its viral marketing strategies and the robust back end technologies and support from Google. Gmail’s popularity is also due to its strong spam filters and embedded chat capabilities. And now Google will be adding voice chat and video capabilities to its email feature stack.

“Today we’re launching voice and video chat — right inside Gmail. We’ve tried to make this an easy-to-use, seamless experience, with high-quality audio and video — all for free,” said the statement from Justin Uberti on the Google Blog who is a a software engineer at Google. The Gmail users need to install the voice chat and video plug-in and Google “will take care of the rest,” said his comment on the blog. The plug-in can be downloaded and the user simply needs to run the installation program. A webcam is also required in order to carry out a voice chat successfully. Google has also teamed up with Logitech to offer discounted webcams for its users in the US.

The new feature will compete with other popular web-referencing tools from eBay’s Skype and MSN Messenger, etc. Skype already boasts more than 300 million users for its service which is not only popular but is one of the most reliable services in the Voice Chat segment. However, in spite of the new plug-in, Gmail still ranks third in direct competition as its trails MSN and Yahoo.

The voice chat and video features will be shortly available to all the Gmail users shortly within a span of a few days. “‘The idea was to make it quicker and easier to communicate with other people by whatever means is best convenient,’ said Google spokesman Jason Freidenfelds. “It’s a nice alternative for businesses looking for another way for people to connect,” he added.


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