I’ve always wondered why we don’t have a more robust video- and audio-messaging system. I mean, you can send an email, and you can video chat, but why can’t you send a 10-second video clip the way you’d send an email, to be watched at the recipient’s convenience? I guess there are ways, but it’s far from common.
A tiny icon on the Windows 8 lock screen (seen at right; in the video here), noticed by Manan Kakkar, suggests this may be a built-in feature in the new OS. There are also references to a video app called “Chatter,” though an online communication product already exists by that name, so it may just be an internal code-name. We’ll know more when Microsoft sends out its APIs and dev kits later this year.