If you are looking for an alternative to Skype or Hangouts that is easy to use, Open Source, well maintained, with promising features, focused on privacy, security and with the ability to host most of it, well I strongly recommend Jitsi !
“Jitsi (formerly SIP Communicator) is an audio/video and chat communicator that supports protocols such as SIP, XMPP/Jabber, AIM/ICQ, Windows Live, Yahoo! and many other useful features” such as:
- Desktop sharing
- Audio & Video conference call
- Call recording
- Call & OTR encryption
You could actually host by yourself the XMPP server and their VideoBridge (For multi-user video conference call bridge). But if you don’t want to do so, you could simply register to their XMPP at Jit.si and start using it !
They actually presented during the FOSDEM 2014 their Jitsi Videobridge, JitMeet and the other components that they used to build the service.
I’ve moved completely to Jitsi for my XMPP and SIP experience and I’m very happy with it. Obvisouly a lot of improvement can be made, but the good news is they are really working on it and at a good speed !
Have you tried this service already? Or do you think you use a better alternative?