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Mega launches new video and chat service to take on Skype

Mega owner Kim Dotcom isn't halting on his plan to launch new services with a focus on security, competing against what's already available on the market. Today, the company announced the release of MegaChat, a new web-based communications platform that's billed as a Skype competitor. Currently, MegaChat offers video call functionality with more to come in the future.

User Controlled Encryption (UCE) is provided to users, enabling them to share decryption keys with others to allow access to hosted files - perfect if you're wanting to share a file or two in a conversation. The major selling point of MegaChat is there's no software required to get the service working, though Firefox and Chrome extensions are available to "boost performance and security".

As with anything Mega releases, the focus is on security, something Dotcom attacked Microsoft for surrounding Skype and the NSA. Interested to learn more? Head over to the Mega website to login and try out the new service.

Source: Mega (Twitter), via: TechCrunch

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

73 Comments
  • Probably be closed down in 6 months. Why bother
  • Hahahaha.. True
  • Lol
  • LOL
  • Okay I don't have problem with what NSA did with Skype. If you are not doing anything wrong then you don't need to be worried with NSA. In fact I must say they're doing the right thing. They're protecting our lives by helping other agencies.
  • land of the free.. right. When will people ever learn?
  • Exactly wat I always say,if u not doing anything wrong why worry!
  • People like you are part of the problem. With that mentality in this country no wonder our liberties are being eroded. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • "If you are not doing anything wrong then you don't need to be worried with NSA."
    This is one of the most dangerous ideas to believe in. ”People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both.” - Benjamin Franklin
  • Little Benji didn't have religious fanatics trying to blow up people all around... 10 years ago I would have agreed with you but now I am not so sure
  • Do some research then. You are allowing the government to control you and your life and all the government has to do is to create fear amongst you so that you may vote for people who will offer you so called protection. The funny - read: f*cked up - thing about this that you will be digging your own grave by electing these a-holes. You are literally asking them to take away of what is left of your little piece of freedom so that they can "protect" - read: control - you! Good luck pal! BTW, Skype FTW! Yippee
  • I agree 100%! If you really believe that if you're doing nothing wrong they will not mess with you, then you are very naive.
  • I thought that having a society, which is regulated by law, is an example of trading freedom for temporary security. If so, then should we abolish law and let people do what they want without consequence?
  • Hey dude, can I just take a quick walkthrough of your house, sift through your personal items, and give a quick full body pat down? I mean, it's not like you've got anything to hide, right? One should never sacrifice their personal liberties for such tiny gains in security. That's how a society decays into a surveillance state.
  • Will you allow the NSA to install webcameras and microphones in you bathroom, bedroom and maybe all over your place. You know, if you are not doing anything wrong then you do not need to be worried.   Some questions: Do you close the door when you go to the bathroom? If yes, what illegal things are you doing there? Do you lock the door when you are in the bathroom? If yes, what illegal things are you doing there? Do you close the curtains (or equivalent) in the everning? If yes, what illegal things are you trying to hide? If the answer was yes to any of the questions and you are not doing anything illegal, it's okay: Article 12. (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights) No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
  • No I don't lock bathroom doors. Don't be daft. I do leave the curtain open if want the neighbours to see. I think people can be a little paranoid. . I've nothin to hide.
  • Hey man im from india and its clearly told in our constitution that you can only lead your fundamental rights during normal period and during emergency every thing u have to compromise.. now due to question of security yes NSA can interfere. But not all time.... Posted via the Windows Central
  • So ban cars, alcohol and cigarettes right? I mean they're doing it to protect us. While we're at it let them put cameras in every room. It will help them protect us, and if someone is attacked/killed then they can easily solve the crime.
  • Why windows 10 for phone is releasing late???
  • preview is is supposed to come shortly after the superbowl (i think thats the 1st of feb)
  • Dude... Wrong section.
  • Off topic!!! And besides...it will be out in a week!
  • How exactly is something late if it was just announced? Random internet Joes and their unrealistic expectations.
  • We are committed to skype(msft) .go and find another bf for yourself :P
  • Yeah...its a relationship of love and trust :D
  • because MS gave us the best possible way of using skype yet. how can you commit to something that has been treated like an unwanted step child for years now.
  • If Mega can promisse good availability on all platform I am more then willing to move over.
  • good to see competition.
  • Yeah! Completion makes things perfect. :p
  • Windows 10 event everyone was most excited abiut windows 10 for phones but got blown by hololens. Microsoft gave us such a beautiful surprise.
  • NOT AFFORDABLE--Surface Hub..Hololens..
    NOT AVAILABLE--Surface Pro 3..Cortana..
  • Relevant here because...?
  • Don't curse me..Was replyin to Aashish
  • Won't come close to Skype, sorry Kim not this time...
  • kidding right? sorry loser skype is Invincible​ you can't take its place sorry again but get hell out of here
  • So is YouTube and Facebook. Doesn't mean I won't look at other and better options.
  • Fck YouTube
  • Skype is nowhere near invisible, especially with the like of Facetime and Google Hangouts and the countless alternatives for a corporate environment. But I wouldn't expect someone as ignorant as you to understand that.
  • People use google hangout!?!?
  • Forget it, that would never happen.
  • A day ago I'd have thought "yeah, Skype needs competition". Now after seeing what's happening with Skype in Windows 10.... yeah - they'll be out of business in 6 months. lol
  • When will Skype arrive on Windows 10 4 4nes, or when will Windows 10 arrive on my handset?
  • Skype rocks
  • I'll stick with Skype for my windows 10 mobile thanks anyways
  • Video chat for criminals?
  • Will they have to blur out their faces when they video chat because they don't trust each other with their identities? 
  • I don't care if Skype is better or not. I don't care if mega services are excellent. I simply don't trust anything made my a person that is convicted of several digital crimes. Insider trading, embezzlement, data espionage.... how can people be so stupid to trust a person like this?
  • If you want trustes coms...use personalized encription software... Else The general security ones will still have back doora...
  • That's not the point. Mega services are made by a former criminal who made money from stolen data. Backdoors are supposed to be used under a warrant. I see a little difference
  • You probably use services made by people with that exact description already...
  • Skype os still one if not The Best software of coms freely available... Nothing comes close to its systems... Most of The other apps are just temp fad on my opinion...like whatsapp being payable after a year... I am almost sure that most will not pay to continue using it...
  • I laughed...
  • Are saying cat coming to beat tiger....
  • Won't touch this with a 10 foot pole.
  • Hope there's an alternative video calling app to integrate with WP other than skype.
  • If nothing to hide , there's nothing to worry about. Id rather live in a safe controlled society than let them mussees get away with all the bad shit they do.
  • Please post your bank account information and SSN
  • Awesome so can have your address and check out your house? It's not like you have anything to hide. How about your phone or browsing history. It doesn't work, you are part of the problem. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Skype For ever!
  • One thing to note is that the headline is worded to read that the new program is going directly up against Skype, while other articles say that Kim Dotcom is simply making a new program as an alternative to other chat services. Kinda biased reporting I say.
  • Well this is a Microsoft fanatics community.
  • Is there a difference?  What the article is saying is another company is making a rival service...
  • What do you expect, it's Windows Central Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Dotcom. What a last name. I wonder if he has the domain Kim.com. That would be awesome.
  • Kim Dotcom seems shady...
  • Weird surname.
  • Let them more competition
  • Like I'd trust that shady guy for security or privacy.
  • More power to the criminal himself kimdotcom. There is line, wechat, and others that also offer this service so nothing new here. All I care is official apps on Wp. Tired of the app gap argument
  • No. I am not interested. making a new account that can be hacked, not many people will use it. and Skype is been used by many and proved it's good for many things, and runs even on TVs so yeah... not interested. 
     
  • You can say the same for Skype in how it can be hacked. From the Sony hack that revealed lots of secrets and information, the same could be said of Skype. Just because it's a mega corporation doesn't mean it's not invincible. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I think its great that there's more competition for Skype. Don't think it's gonna do great though but hey.
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