October 25, 2004 1:53 PM PDT
ICQ offers video chat
ICQ in April began providing partners with access to the software's application programming interfaces, or APIs, so they could develop programs that run inside the IM client. The ICQ unit plans to offer an open API license to the public soon, according to a notice on its Web site.
Applications created under the program are known as ICQ Xtraz, and now include video chat, several games and a sketching tool that lets users create custom avatars.
The video chat application, announced Monday, works only with ICQ 4.0 on PCs running Microsoft's Windows XP operating system.