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ooVoo video chatting
Developer(s) ooVoo LLC
Initial release 2007
Stable release / September 5, 2014; 3 days ago (2014-09-05)
Operating system Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, Mac OS X, Android, iOS
Type Instant messaging, Videotelephony, Videoconferencing, Voice over IP
License Proprietary
Website http://www.oovoo.com

ooVoo is a video chat and instant messaging client developed by ooVoo LLC for Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, Mac OS X,[1] Android and iOS. It was released in 2007, and is similar in some respects to Microsoft's Skype and Video Kinect.


ooVoo allows registered users to communicate through free instant messaging, voice, and video chat. ooVoo conferencing software enables high quality video and audio calls with up to twelve locations at the same time (six on video and six on phone), high resolution video and desktop sharing, and PC- or Mac-to-phone calls to landlines and mobile phones for a fee.


ooVoo was founded in 2006 by the entrepreneurs Clayton L. Mathile and Philippe Schwartz and Eran kariti, based on a technology developed at Arel Communications and Software (Formerly NASDAQ:ARLCF), a company that was founded in 1982 and specialized in remote e-learning and collaboration solutions.[2] On 13 March 2006, Arel Communications was taken private by its current management and relaunched as ooVoo.[3][4]

In June 2007, ooVoo's Windows version was launched allowing high quality video chat from anywhere.[5] In February 2008, video call recording and phone calling were introduced.[6] In May 2008, ooVoo for Mac was launched, creating cross-platform capabilities for video chat.[7] In February 2009, ooVoo 2.0 launched, which included browser-based video chat rooms and video chat through a web link with no download required. The new open API lets developers build customized applications and widgets.[8] In May 2009, the first air-to-ground three-way video conversation was introduced. ooVoo 2.2 was launched in July 2009, and introduced business plans geared for multiple seats and desktop sharing. New pay-as-you-go options and international phone calling was also introduced.[9]

On 2 June 2011, ooVoo launched its social video chat service on the iPhone Platform, making its free HD Video chat service cross platforms, including: PC, Mac, Android and iPhone.[10]


Because ooVoo does not provide encryption within audio or video calls, these communications are vulnerable to interception.


  • ooVoo won PC Magazine's Software Innovation "Best in Show" Award at the DigitalLife Expo in September 2007.[11]
  • In March 2008, ooVoo won the "Webware 100" award for Communication.[12]
  • ooVoo won PC Magazine's Best Mobile Product of 2011 in the Android Category [13]


  1. ^ Muchmore, Michael (July 30, 2008). "OoVoo Goes High-Res, Adds Web Client". pcmag.com. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  2. ^ "Arel Communications & Software Ltd. - Company Profile". BusinessWeek. 
  3. ^ "Arel Communications Announces Completion of Going-Private Transaction". BusinessWire. March 13, 2006. 
  4. ^ "ooVoo Communications, Ltd - Company Profile". Hoover's. 
  5. ^ Josh, Glodman (June 11, 2007). "Do you ooVoo?". TechCrunch. 
  6. ^ James, Lewin (Feb 6, 2008). "ooVoo Introduces Real-Time Video Conversation Recording". Podcasting News. 
  7. ^ "ooVoo for Mac". CNET. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  8. ^ McEvoy, Aoife M. (February 26, 2009). "ooVoo 2.0 VoIP Service - Review". PCworld.com/. 
  9. ^ "ooVoo Launches the First 4G Mobile Video Chat Service That Simultaneously Connects Smartphone, PC and Mac Users". Mobile World. 
  10. ^ Zimmerman, William (June 2, 2011). "ooVoo Launches its Social Video Chat Service on the iPhone Platform; Now In the Top 10 Free Apps on iTunes". Telepresence Options. 
  11. ^ "ooVoo Wins PC Magazine's Software Innovation Best in Show Award at". PRNewswire. Oct 4, 2007. 
  12. ^ "Webware 100 winner: OoVoo". CNET. April 21, 2008. 
  13. ^ "The Best Products of 2011". PCMag. 14 November 2011. 

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