Video Conferencing might not be that interesting to most of my regular readers but I know that some of them actively use it for the business they run. The free video conferencing software ooVoo offers several elements that most, if not all, free software programs of that kind do not offer.
The first and most notable is that up to six participants can use ooVoo simultaneously which is great if you want to video chat with your friends, or need to bring people from different locations together to take part in a meeting. It runs pretty smooth even with six users and offers a good sound quality.
Update: Oovoo is available as a web version, and as versions for desktop and mobile operating systems.
Another feature worth mentioning is that you can record messages with ooVoo and send them to other users even those who do not use ooVoo. Several other features that I use in Skype for instance are also supported in ooVoo. This include the ability to text chat with one or more users, send files to someone, and to add links to automatically use ooVoo to contact someone from a website.
Best of all it is really free. No premium version, no advertisement, no hidden messages, popups.
Update: The latest version of ooVoo supports up to 12 users in a single video chat room. The company recently introduced a new feature to its products that enables you to watch YouTube videos together with your friends at the same time. It is not a unique feature, the link above takes you to Internet services that let you do the same, but it is still a nice to have feature, especially if you hang out on YouTube a lot.
As far as features go, a lot have been added to the program. This includes options to call mobile or landline phones, add phones to video calls, send video greetings to multiple people at once, or maintain a list of friends right in the program for easier management.
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