Impressed with Google Plus Hangouts with Extras

We are very impressed with Google Plus Hangouts, so much so that I keep asking is this too good to be true. At first we were impressed with the normal hangout offering great audio & video conferencing along with chat and shared video. But we wondered about shared screens, and documents. Next, we discover Hangouts with extras. This has have everything you want in a conferencing tool except that it does not record, however, recording a window is not a big problem. So back to my concern that this is too good to be true. How can the video and audio quality be so good. In settings they actually have an audio echo cancellation option that actually works. We have been using Hangout with PC users with no headsets, how can this be. So what will mess this up? It seems like bandwidth would be the concern, as in Google may not allocate enough bandwidth down the road. It does look like 5 participants is good but they say 10 can work. This is pretty normal for conferencing tools. You know, this is a Skype killer. Google wouldn’t have any reason to damage Skype now would it?

About ghsmith76

Greg Smith is currently the Interim CIO at Western Washington University. Prior to WWU Greg was the CIO at Missouri S&T, and before that the CIO for George Fox University in Newberg, OR. Greg went to the Northwest from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis, IN. where he served as the Director of IT for 8 years. Prior to the IT career in Academia, Greg was a Systems Consultant with Hewlett-Packard primarily with the Analytical Group working out of San Francisco,Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Greg's passion as a CIO in Higher Education comes from his belief that Technology can benefit Teaching & Learning.

Posted on November 1, 2011, in Collaboration, Google Plus, Social Networking and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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