Gmail: face-to-face "voice and video chat" for PCs and Macs

Google has added “voice and video chat” right inside Gmail for PCs and Macs. All you have to do is download and install the voice and video plugin for easy-to-use, seamless experience, with high-quality audio and video, which’s designed using Internet standards such as XMPP, RTP, and H.264, which means that third-party applications and networks can choose to interoperate […]

Google has added “voice and video chat” right inside Gmail for PCs and Macs. All you have to do is download and install the voice and video plugin for easy-to-use, seamless experience, with high-quality audio and video, which’s designed using Internet standards such as XMPP, RTP, and H.264, which means that third-party applications and networks can choose to interoperate with Gmail voice and video chat.

Once you install the plugin, to start a video chat, just click on the "Video & more" menu at the bottom of your Gmail chat window, and choose "Start video chat." You'll have a few seconds to make sure you look presentable while it's ringing, and then you'll see and hear your friend live, right from within Gmail. You can click the "pop-out" iconto make the video larger, or click the fullscreen iconin the upper left-hand corner for a fully immersive experience.

See this all in action in the video below: