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Google launches voice and video chat for Gmail

11 November 2008

Google has launched Gmail voice and video chat, allowing people around the world to chat in high-quality video for free right within Gmail.

All that is required is a webcam and a small web browser plugin.

To use voice and video chat, your PC must have Windows XP or a more recent version, or an Intel-Based Mac with Mac OS X v10.4 or later. It works in browsers that support the latest version of Gmail (Google Chrome, Firefox 2.0+, Internet Explorer 7.0, and Safari 3.0).

The launch comes as video communication grows in popularity. Businesses stretched across continents and timezones want more face-to-face collaboration among their employees, but in this economic climate, they're looking for ways to cut travel and IT expenses. Having a meeting with a colleague over video allows communications to continue in person without the expense of traveling there.

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