|Stable release||188.8.131.52 / March 11, 2013|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, Mac OS X, Android, iOS|
|Type||Instant messaging, Videotelephony, Videoconferencing, Voice over IP|
ooVoo is a video chat and instant messaging client developed by ooVoo LLC for Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, Mac OS X, 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.
Some features of Oovoo include video chat and text chat to up to 12 people at a time. You can record video messages and send them to other users, to email addresses and share them on youtube. Oovoo offers premium features that you have to pay for like video conferencing with up to six people in a call, which is unfortunate since Google hangouts offer group chats for free. They also offer calling landlines, desktop sharing, video call recording, and file sharing if you pay for their premium features. All of these features are free with Google hangouts, except for PC to phone calls.
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. On 13 March 2006, Arel Communications was taken private by its current management and relaunched as ooVoo.
In June 2007, ooVoo's Windows version was launched allowing high quality video chat from anywhere. In February 2008, video call recording and phone calling were introduced. In May 2008, ooVoo for Mac was launched, creating cross-platform capabilities for video chat. 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. 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.
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.
- In March 2008, ooVoo won the "Webware 100" award for Communication.
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