VoIP and IM-Client Jitsi 2.0 released

Strasbourg, March 05, 2013

The Jitsi team today released version 2.0 of the secure, multi-protocol, open source Audio/Video and instant messaging client Jitsi. The most prominent new features include quality multi-party video conferences with XMPP, improved hot-plug for audio devices, integration with MS Outlook for presence and calls, a completely overhauled user interface design and support for the OPUS audio codec and the VP8 video codec.

The new quality multi-party video conference is bandwidth-friendly and allows for any number of participants as long as the clients are powerful enough to decode the incoming video. The quality and the bandwidth efficiency come from the fact that each participant only needs to send its video once to a server using our new Jitsi Videobridge. The bridge then resends (relays) the data to all the other participants. Jitsi Videobridge is open source so you can either install it on your own XMPP server or try it out at http://jit.si.

Hot-plugging audio-devices in an active call is now also possible, for example switching from the integrated audio of your laptop to a headset. The modern new user interface better fits into all the supported operating systems. The newly added support for the open source IETF audio codec OPUS provides better call quality and the VP8 video-codec an alternative to H.264. Users of MS Outlook will also now see the presence status of their contacts directly in Outlook and will be able start calls or chats by hovering over a contact.

The changelog lists all modifications incorporated during the last 11 months of work and about 1000 commits since the release of version 1.0. Jitsi downloads are available for Mac OS X, Linux and Windows and are completely translated in Bulgarian, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish. Partial translations for 19 more languages are also included. The Jitsi team is always looking for new contributors to help fixing bugs or working on new or improved features, such as the ideas listed on the project website. Professional support or custom development are provided by BlueJimp.

About Jitsi

Jitsi is a secure and open source audio/video internet phone and instant messenger written in Java. It supports some of the most popular instant messaging and telephony protocols such as SIP, Jabber/XMPP (and hence Facebook and Google Talk), AIM, ICQ, MSN and Yahoo! Messenger. The development of Jitsi started at the University of Strasbourg, France. Originally the project was known as SIP Communicator. Throughout the years our community has grown to include members and contributors from Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, China, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Japan, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA, and others.