Download Plugin and Start Voice or Video Chat from Gmail
Gmail has a convenient realtime chat which allows you to talk to another person from your web browser without downloading and installing Google Talk. You can turn on the chat by clicking the “Turn on chat” hyperlink at the bottom of the Gmail. One of the latest enhancement Google has done to their free email Gmail is adding a real-time voice or video chat directly from your web browser. All you need to do is have a web browser, and voice/video plugin and a Gmail account.
There is a restriction in using the Google video chat which is both sides must have a Gmail account and logged in to Gmail, iGoogle or orkut chat. Then both users must download the plugin, install it for the web browser, and login to their Gmail account. Finally click on the user’s name, then click on Video & more which will allow you to either Start voice chat or Start video chat.
The Google voice and video chat plugin is not operating system independent, meaning you would have to install a separate plugin for every web browser that you use. If you installed the Google video chat plugin in Google Chrome, it will only work in Chrome but not other browser such as Firefox. Currently the Google Voice and Video Chat plugin only available for Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Google Chrome. Opera is not yet supported.