Gmail gets voice and video chat

Google has added a voice and video chat feature to its Gmail email service, launching a free, web-based service to competes with the likes of eBay's Skype, according to Reuters.

Gmail and Google App subscribers can now talk to friends on a video screen and simultaneously send them IM in a Google Chat box, whether you are a PC or Mac user.

'The idea was to make it quicker and easier to communicate with other people by whatever means is best convenient,' the report quoted Google's Jason Freidenfelds.

Those without a web cam can still talk to their chums.