Official screenshot confirms that web-based video chat is coming to Windows Live Wave 5

By damaster | Posted February 21, 2012 28 comments

Video CallBack in August last year, we spotted an interesting set of resource icons from Windows Live Wave 5, suggesting that a web-based video chat service might be coming to Windows Live web properties soon. Today in the SkyDrive post on the Building Windows 8 blog, Mike Torres, Program Manager for SkyDrive apps, posted a screenshot of a dogfood (internal testing) version of SkyDrive. On the screenshot, we spotted something different on the top-right corner – the existence of the very video-call icon we spotted ages ago. Check it out below:

Video Messenger

In fact, LiveSide editor Michael Gillett was given the chance to meet the Hotmail UK team last year, and during his visit to the Microsoft UK office, he did spot this icon on the then-new Hotmail (also the internal dogfood version). According to Michael, the user will be required to install an app or plug-in for this to function.

We’re not sure whether this is simply the extension of Windows Live Messenger’s HD video call functionality into the browser, or if this has anything to do with Skype. Remember that Skype currently provides Facebook its video calling function within Facebook Chat, and given that Facebook Chat is also enabled in Windows Live Messenger, it could well be one and the same.

Oh and doesn’t this remind you of the icon in Windows 8’s “Call” app?

Windows 8 Call 

Posted February 21st, 2012 at 1:44 am
  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

    I hope the new SkyDrive and video chat comes soon… I wonder what changes will come to Hotmail with 16.3.

    • Owais503

      I want to to be metro looking.

      • madoublet

        Yeah, that image fading into white looks horrible.  That whole site is need of an overhaul.

        • MissRed

          Oh finally, and i thought it was just me. Yes, that whole header image fading into the white below looks so tacky and dated. 

  • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

    I hope the new SkyDrive and video chat comes soon… I wonder what changes will come to Hotmail with 16.3.

    • Owais503

      I want to to be metro looking.

      • madoublet

        Yeah, that image fading into white looks horrible.  That whole site is need of an overhaul.

        • MissRed

          Oh finally, and i thought it was just me. Yes, that whole header image fading into the white below looks so tacky and dated. 

  • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

    If it requires a Browser Plugin, then that means it won’t work in the browser if you have a Windows on ARM system, since no Plugins are allowed! Very odd!

    • http://www.withinwindows.com Rafael R.

      No /third party/ plugins :)

      • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

        Hmmm, you reckon Silverlight 5 will make it then?

        • http://www.withinwindows.com Rafael R.

          Let’s hope not.

  • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

    If it requires a Browser Plugin, then that means it won’t work in the browser if you have a Windows on ARM system, since no Plugins are allowed! Very odd!

    • http://www.withinwindows.com Rafael R.

      No /third party/ plugins :)

      • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

        Hmmm, you reckon Silverlight 5 will make it then?

        • http://www.withinwindows.com Rafael R.

          Let’s hope not.

  • http://www.facebook.com/emiliano.magliocca Emiliano Magliocca

    I hope in skyme/messenger merge, with full video and facebook chat via browser too 

  • Emiliano Magliocca

    I hope in skyme/messenger merge, with full video and facebook chat via browser too 

  • http://www.twitter.com/vthenerd Vladan Vukmanov

    They need to unify Windows Live Messenger with Skype ASAP.

  • Guest

    They need to unify Windows Live Messenger with Skype ASAP.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/mrjlwilliams?feature=mhee J. Williams

    Woohoo

  • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    Woohoo

  • Osutatrei103

    your right vladan;)

  • Osutatrei103

    your right vladan;)

  • Jame44s

    Windows Live,  Hotmail, and SkyDrive need to be metrofied ASAP… those screenshots just make me go ick and it looks so dated now.  I still think they should have various themes available (for the whiners), but overall, it needs a nice clean metro look with the one-colour icons.

  • Jame44s

    Windows Live,  Hotmail, and SkyDrive need to be metrofied ASAP… those screenshots just make me go ick and it looks so dated now.  I still think they should have various themes available (for the whiners), but overall, it needs a nice clean metro look with the one-colour icons.

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    Windows live always comes up with full of new ideas and applications. I’m looking forward to see how this video chat works with windows live. And I’m not sure exactly why but this blog is loading incredibly slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a issue on my end? I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.

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    Windows live always comes up with full of new ideas and applications. I’m looking forward to see how this video chat works with windows live. And I’m not sure exactly why but this blog is loading incredibly slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a issue on my end? I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.