Monday, October 17, 2005

Festoon Plug-in Enables Group Video for Skype

Santa Cruz Networks released a group video plug-in enabling Skype users to see who they are talking to, share applications, and engage in immersive video experiences. The "Festoon" plug-in uses the same GIPS audio codec used by Skype, AIM Triton, and Google Talk. Skype users can securely conduct video calls in groups from 2 to 200 and share photos, spreadsheets, presentations, or applications with others on a call. In future releases users will be able to download and play camera games with other Skype users and access our library of camera personalities, wallpapers, and more.

Santa Cruz Networks, which is based in Campbell, California, is providing the software free of charges, thanks to commercial sponsors. The company said it is working with all major presence networks to add group communications to Google Talk, AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo Instant Messenger, and MSN Messenger.

  • Santa Cruz Networks is backed by Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), Geneva Venture Partners and a number of Silicon Valley angel investors.

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