Google today announced a new feature for its Hangouts chat and video calling application that allows meeting organizers to invite users to calls even if they don't have Google accounts.
What it means for Ceva is that we can invite clients, customers, partners, candidates to join a video call without requiring a gmail account.
On top of that, Google Hangouts works without install if the invitee is using Chrome browser, or with a plug-in install on Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari
Sharing the link of the hangout by email is enough for people to be able to join.
The link can also be a permanent link, as from https://hangouts.google.com/ you just enter the name of a meeting, launch it and you can reuse the permanent link anytime in the future. It is not guaranted that other don't use the same link, so be original. An easy way is to use your name as the meeting's name.
Moreover, calendar invites for people outside of ceva.com include now a link to the call : so it is easy for participants to join the call.
Provided that they have installed the plug-in or that they are using Chrome, they just will have to enter their name, request an invite, and the organizer will accept/decline the request as on following screenshots