If you haven’t taken the opportunity to test out Google’s calling feature within Gmail, you can do so now by pointing your Windows XP +, OSX 10.4 +, or Linux box’s browser to Google voice and video chat installer. The feature allows you to call your Google contacts from within Gmail by clicking a phone icon next to their name, as seen in the image below. Cool stuff.
Even better, is that Google has extended their free calls throughout the U.S. and Canada trial, making phone calls within Gmail free at least until the end of 2011. That should fire up adoption mighty quick, but it’s also the Gmail team’s way of saying happy holidays!
Via The Gmail Blog (Thanks to Brian for sending this in.)