I’m a huge fan of Google Hangouts and use them any time I need a video connection. Hangouts are fabulous for holding meetings where you want the face to face connection. The only problem was that actually starting Hangout required traversing a labyrinth of clicks.
That’s no longer the case. Now, you just go to https://hangouts.google.com/ and get started. Finally!
The only requirement is that you have a Google Account. You don’t need to have a Gmail address; you can register your existing email address as a Google account.
If you have the webcam hardware and haven’t tried videoconferencing, you don’t know what you’re missing. If you have used Google Hangouts in the past, it’s now easier than ever to start a Hangout.