Fred Brewin, a Product Manager at Google, has posted an announcement of greatly enhanced video conferencing service from Google. While the company has offered video chats for some time but video chat is now being upgraded to a more modern video calling technology -- Google+ Hangouts.
Hangouts utilize the power of Google’s network to deliver higher reliability and enhanced quality. The users do not have to be Google or Gmail customers to use the new service. All the participants need is an Internet connection, a video camera and microphone installed on their computers, and a web browser on their Windows, Macintosh, Android, or iOS devices. You'll be able to video chat with up to nine people at once, watch YouTube videos together, collaborate on Google documents and share your screen.
Hangouts in Gmail in being rolled out now. Some users may be able to use it now whole others may have to wait a week or so.
You can learn more in the video at http://youtu.be/Ra8HG6MkOXY or shown below.
How about having the next meeting of the board of directors of your genealogy society on Google Plus? Or perhaps a video chat with all your siblings, wherever they may live?