|Stable release||126.96.36.199 / March 11, 2013|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Android, iOS|
|Type||Instant messaging, Videotelephony, Videoconferencing, Voice over IP|
ooVoo is a proprietary video chat and instant messaging client developed by ooVoo LLC for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Android and iOS. It was released in 2007, and is similar to Microsoft's Skype and Apple's FaceTime. Calls can be recorded in real-time and twelve-way video chatting is supported. ooVoo provides real-time comments and warnings about performance and usage, and has a connection speed display that gives an indication of latency.
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.
- Video calls – Video chat and text chat between a total of 12 people at a time.
- Web video chat – Browser-based video call allows the creator of the web chat to invite non-ooVoo users into the call via email, instant messaging, or social network. Meet new people.
- Video messaging – Video messages up to 100 minute long (50 minutes for a fee) can be recorded and sent to another user, to email, or shared on YouTube.
- Instant messaging – Multi-party text chat with its own instant messenger client. IM chat is supported at any time, as well as during a live video call.
- File sharing – Send files (up to 50MB) to any ooVoo contact quickly and securely.
- Video conferencing – Allows users to start a group video chat up to six people in a call, plus the ability to add in six additional phone participants.
- Phone calls – ooVoo-to-phone calls to landlines and mobile phones to 70 countries worldwide.
- Desktop sharing – Allows users to share their screen live during a video call.
- Video call recording – Record and store video calls to share or reuse at a later date. (See http://www.oovoo.com/Buy.aspx )
- File sharing – Send large files (up to 25MB) to any ooVoo contact quickly and securely.
ooVoo was founded in 2006 by the entrepreneurs Clayton L. Mathile and Philippe Schwartz, 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 for Business
ooVoo video conferencing can be used for online contacting, web conferencing, web presentations, online training, and remote support. With multipoint video conference, teleconference, and a suite of additional features, ooVoo allows businesses to connect with colleagues and contacts to reduce spending time on travel.
- 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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