MegaChat: Kim Dotcom’s “Skype killer”

Kim Dotcom, founder of the now-defunct Megaupload, recently announced on Twitter that his new venture Mega.nz now offers in-browser voice and video calling in addition to its encrypted file storage and sharing features.

“We are releasing #MegaChat beta step by step,” Dotcom’s tweet said. “Starting with video calling today. Text chat and video conferencing will follow soon.”

Promising to be more secure than services such as Skype, Mega announced that the MegaChat beta offers end-to-end encrypted audio and video chat.

Mega launched with cloud storage and file sharing features in January 2013 — a year after the United States Department of Justice shut down Megaupload.

Gigaom reported that Mega previously received poor ratings from security experts, even though it offers a security bounty to anyone who finds flaws with its services.

A glut of WebRTC-based voice and video apps coming?

Firefox Hello
Firefox Hello

According to Gigaom, in-browser video calls are set to become ubiquitous as support for WebRTC becomes more widely available to web users.

Mozilla, for example, recently announced that the latest version of its Firefox web browser now includes Firefox Hello – a voice and video chat service that uses WebRTC.

Calls may be placed to any WebRTC-supported browser such as Chrome, Firefox, or Opera, though Firefox is needed to initiate the call.

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MegaChat: Kim Dotcom’s “Skype killer”