So you Skype; do you OoVoo too? Because OoVoo is a free HD video, voice, and IM chat app that lets you chat with up to 12 friends at once (6 via video and 6 on the phone). It records voice and video on your hard drive, not an online account, so file size is unlimited. You can use OoVoo to share large files (up to 25MB) as well as make phone calls to landlines, text chat, record video messages up to 1 minute long, and do a whole lot of other cool things. Mobile and tablet users have a lot to choose from with OoVoo, too, like Mobile Four Screen, a multiparty mobile video chat app that displays four screens instead of one available for both iOS and Android. You'll need a Webcam to use OoVoo.
We installed OoVoo on a 64-bit Windows 7 desktop and a Netbook running 32-bit Windows 7. We also installed OoVoo Mobile's Android app in a Samsung Galaxy SIII (OoVoo supports a huge number of devices). It's easy to sign up for a free OoVoo account, but by far the quickest and easiest way to start using OoVoo is to sign in automatically via Facebook. Chances are you'd go to Facebook to hook up with friends anyway, so it makes sense to start there. In any case, OoVoo is easy to sign up for and use. OoVoo's basic interface is similar in the standard (desktop) and Mobile versions. The program's Web site opened when we finished setting up, giving us access to our account and describing each of its features; for Mobile apps, too. Settings include Privacy, Video Calls, and Video Quality.
If you can manage Skype (or even a basic IM client) you can handle OoVoo, which cut its i-teeth in videoconferencing for business users. Facebook integration makes it easier still. The first thing we did was add Contacts, which show up in your Account shortly after you add them. Quality is impressive for video chat. It's easy to see why OoVoo is adding users so fast!