In an age of Facetime, Skype and Google Hangouts, video calling is pretty much ubiquitous — an aspect of technology that we simply take for granted. But it wasn’t always this way.
Eighteen years ago today, AT&T and Intel held a May 30 meeting to announce a system that would allow personal computers to make and receive video phone calls over standard telephone lines.
“It sounds futuristic, but it’s here,” Intel noted in its annual report for 1996. “For the first ￼time, a simple low-cost, PC-based video phone.”