Google Meet video conferencing goes free for everyone (Calls with up to 100 people for 60 minutes)

Video conferencing is having a moment… or a few months at least. With millions of people around the world stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Zoom has seen an explosion of new users who are holding work meetings, birthday parties, and everything else on the internet. Rivals have been rolling out new features as […]

Facebook Messenger is now available as a desktop app for Windows or Mac

Zoom may be grabbing all the headlines lately (for better or worse), but it’s hardly the only option for making video calls over the internet. Microsoft has Skype. Google has Hangouts. And Facebook has Messenger — which is now available as a desktop app. You can now download Facebook Messenger from the Microsoft Store or […]

Google Duo now supports group calls up to 12 people (Google Duodeca?)

Google Duo began its life a few years ago as a simple app for making two-way video calls using your smartphone. Over time Google added a web client, and support for making group video calls. And now a senior Google official has announced the company is increasing the number of people that can participate in […]

Facebook Portal smart display is going international, gaining WhatsApp support

Facebook’s Portal line of smart displays/video chat devices are getting support for new apps and features… and they’re going to new places. Less than a year after Facebook launched the 10 inch Portal and 15 inch Portal+ devices in the United States, the company says they’re heading to Canada in June and they’ll be available […]

Microsoft is pushing users to upgrade to Skype 8, will stop support Skype 7

Microsoft has released an updated version of Skype 8 for desktop users… and encouraging users to upgrade soon. Starting in September you won’t be able to use Skype 7 for desktop anymore. The company actually rolled out an updated design for its video, voice, and text chat app that was met with mixed reviews last […]

Amazon pulls the plug on Mayday live video support for Kindle Fire HDX tablets

For the past few years Amazon’s Fire tablet strategy has seemed to be to offer a “good enough” experience at really low prices. The company’s cheapest current tablet has a starting price of $50, and the most expensive is just $150. But back in 2013 Amazon tried a different approach. The company launched the Kindle […]

Google launches Duo video calling app for Android, iOS

Google is starting to overhaul its mobile communication apps. In May the company announced plans to launch a new text-based chat app called Allo which would be like a cross between WhatsApp and Snapchat, as well as a new video chat app called Duo to offer a simple solution for 1-on-1 calls. Now Duo is available […]

Google introduces Duo video chat app for Android, iOS

Google is launching a new video calling app for Android and iOS called Duo. As the name suggests, it’s designed for one-on-one video calls, and Google says it offers a simple user interface, high-quality video even on slow networks, and end-to-end encryption. But it also has a few features that make it unlike most video […]

Use Skype in a web browser, no plugins required

Want to use Skype to make voice or video calls, but don’t want to actually install the app on your computer? No problem. Skype now works in a web browser. And when I say a web browser, I mean Microsoft Edge. But Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are also expected to be supported in the future. Microsoft […]

Facebook brings free, cross-platform mobile video calling to Messenger

Facebook Messenger is a free mobile app that lets you chat with your contacts using text, images, emoji, and voice recordings. Now it has a new feature: video calling. Facebook has added a video button which you can tap from any conversation to start a video call. It doesn’t matter if you’re using Android or iOS, […]

Skype for Web lets you chat from a browser (but not on a Chromebook… yet)

Microsoft has launched a limited beta of Skype for Web which lets you chat and make voice and video calls directly from a web browser. Skype for Web will only be available to a small group of users initially while Microsoft tests the software, but the company plan sot roll out Skype for Web to […]