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Say hello to Gmail voice and video chat
That's why 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. All you have to do is download and install the voice and video plugin and we take care of the rest. And in the spirit of open communications, we designed this feature 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."
Anyway, I'm definitely going to try this out. Thanks for the post...
Then, they need to improve the contacts list. I'd like to see:
- First name and last name fields, instead of just name
- Birthday field (automatically add their birthday to Google Calendar)
- Better integration with iPhone (i.e. dialing my contacts straight from Gmail on the iPhone)
- Allow the user to sort by any field.
THEN, they can have fun with all the extra features that would otherwise be very nice (like SMS chat, video chat, etc.). They need to get the order of development down.
I have thousands of e-mails & use labels. They work fine.
Don't they already have a system called "labels"? I believe it functions pretty much like folders... they just call it labels... but technically it functions the same way.
Think back to the olden days, before computers. I had an inbox on my desk for snail-mail. Would I stick a post-it (label) on every piece of mail and put it back in the inbox? NO! I would file it in various folders. Gmail basically insits that you put a post-it on all your mail and put it back in the inbox.
Gmail basically insits that you put a post-it on all your mail and put it back in the inbox.
This is one reason that I finally dumped Gmail. The other reason was that it would append or connect threads that I did not want connected. I hated it.
Labels are fine, and I like that they have greater capacity and flexibility than Thunderbird flags, and tags, and such. But I want my folders and sub-folders so that I can file what I want the way I want. I save thousands of emails for a variety of reasons, but don't need to be forced to save or archive tens of thousands. I gave Gmail a good run, still have the accounts that I don't use anymore, and don't see giving it another chance anytime soon.