Nowadays, e-mail service providers offer a lot more than simple mail messaging, services like voice chat or video communication gaining more and more ground. By using simple tools, like browser plugins, you can stay in touch with your friends and change impressions, vocally and visually, in real-time.
One of the biggest names in the business could not be on a different path and so GMail Voice and Video Chat Plugin came into play. All you need is an account and a webcam to be able to enjoy to the full the functionality brought to you by Gmail. This free add-on installs seamlessly and will enable you to share your thoughts and emotions with your friends while looking each other in the eyes.
A great feature of the plugin is that it will allow you to make use of the video chat function even if you don't have an external microphone or the connected webcam doesn't come with one. You will still be able to receive video and audio from your peers, while only broadcasting the video stream from your computer.
The configuration is practically done by default, just make sure the webcam is connected before trying to use the chat feature. From the 'Settings -> Chat' section of your Gmail account you can access and configure supplemental functions that will greatly enhance the whole experience.
From the above mentioned tab, GMail Voice and Video Chat Plugin gives you the possibility to activate the 'echo cancellation' feature and ensure a smooth audio playback. Another option that is turned on by default is the one that automatically sends quality reports to contribute in the improvement of the add-on.
With a great output quality and effortless installation, this little tool is definitely a must have for anyone who wants and needs to exchange more than written words. If you have a Gmail account and haven't tried it already, get the plugin and give it a whirl to see just how fun it can be!