Google launches web-based Gmail Voice and Chat

I’ve been looking for a better web-based video chat service for a while. I’m not sure that Google’s new offering is going to take the place of Skype for me, but at least it’s another option out there. Rafe Needleman gave it a shot and felt that it used up a large amount of resources on his two-year old device. He also notes that it doesn’t offer comparable services that Skype currently offers, such as the ability to call out to landlines & mobiles, nor does it have any voicemail. I don’t see that as a huge issue for a first round product as it looks to be mainly an easy way to have a quick video chat with other Google contacts in a pinch and without downloading any software. Thoughts?

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