Five apps for video calls and collaboration

Google+ Hangouts

If you have a Google+ account, you can create a hangout where one or more of your friends can join you for a video chat. The whole thing is easy to set up and use (but a bit difficult to find, at first).

Start by going to your Google+ page. In the Hangouts area on the right, click Start A Hangout. Specify whether you want to invite everyone in your circles or just selected people and then click Hang Out.

By Katherine Murray

Katherine Murray is a technology writer and the author of more than 60 books on a variety of topics, ranging from small business technology to green computing to blogging to Microsoft Office 2010. Her most recent books include Microsoft Office 2010 P...