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Video chatting with friends and family -- got much easier.
Walt Mossberg is here with the inside scoop on a brand new service that allows you to video chat with up to fifteen -- at the same time for free.
Joining me now from Washington DC and this week's all things digital is Walt Mossberg personal technology columnist at the Wall Street Journal.
And you are all -- today because that camera hog -- -- Isn't here are trying to look Smart and that's who belong -- questions out.
Well I'll keep that in brave because I wanna know he think about this service would did you think -- -- -- -- work.
It worked really well -- and -- by the way I'm happy you're here.
It -- it worked really well you know the video was excellent I had only one of my test calls had any freezing and all and then and then.
All of the rest of them.
Everybody was clear know by offering no freezing the audio was great and I -- one call.
-- quite get up to fifteen but I did one test call with eleven people in cities coast to coast and IE I.
I really like the product has a couple of us small downsides but by and large -- liked it.
Are there any -- you can do Citigroup video calling on Skype for C.
Added they eat on services that would directly compete with -- where you can do say a dozen people or more and it's -- -- I don't know of any that where -- can do a dozen people more and it's free.
Which is you know their competitors FaceBook.
Has a feature called hangouts.
And hangouts but what you do up to ten people for free and it's also very good but there are people.
That don't wanna get -- deeply involved in another social network or.
You know aren't.
That active on in Gmail or -- other services and the thing about -- is.
It's a standalone service you -- have to -- -- with credentials from FaceBook or Gmail but it really is a standalone service that works on.
IPhone and iPad and they have -- in -- version.
-- coming in the fall and at least for a while -- not saying for how long it's completely free and it's fifteen.
People which is.
Enough for you know most come -- most families most.
-- groups of friends not your fans stay in you need to do I don't know hundreds of the -- To do that has put the media may be your top fifty think it's not enough.
God help me out lacking in the name -- be -- -- want to talk -- individually play a much toilets and simultaneous what about me.
Well let me.
I think fifteen year end sudden fifteen -- category won't.
I'm asking that if I don't think the need for this kind of services it really there.
Well you know I think that's obviously have to consumers but I personally think -- there's a need for -- If you've ever been on audio conference calls and I assume we have.
And they can be really annoying.
You you don't get the full sense of the conversation -- can't see the other people.
And I think you know this could replace.
A lot of things that they're doing now million.
Other ways in email and chat in audio calls are for big businesses there's a lot of things like this.
This is really beginning to take off I think as a category for consumers.
And zoom in just launched -- yesterday.
So that's why idea and and it has the fifteen so that's why I went and I drilled down on it.
While it is good to see.
Thank you so much for being here I'll see you next week and you know what's his face it's stuffed shirt over here will be back at bank I like -- isn't good guys who.
He's lovely and he is club way I really can do side door and we don't tell on that -- take care Walt -- and I.
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