October 25, 2004 1:53 PM PDT

ICQ offers video chat

America Online's ICQ instant messaging software now supports video chat, one of the first tangible results of the ICQ unit's recently launched developer program.

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.

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