Thanks for your post!
Based on the last statement, you imply that you can only have one open video stream. Not that it’‘s a huge limitation, I’'m not expecting the world, just curious.
Sorry, that sentence was a little unclear. The idea is that with the combined version any time you switch tabs you switch which video you are watching (or none if that contact isn’'t supplying a video feed).
OK, that makes sense, and is a little upside surprise. Multiple video chats is a good idea.
Either way, I think I prefer the combined. If I’‘m chatting with someone other than the one to whom the video stream is destined, then who knows what random face I’'ll be making while I type.
Interesting point, does your stream to the other person stop when you switch tabs? I would think no, that they continue to see you’‘re video stream, but I’'m all ears.
I would think that, perhaps optionally, they would get some kind of message that you might have switched away. Perhaps even a sort of “Hold” button to press before you switch away. It’‘s a good question, and I’‘m not sure I have the right answer. Those are a couple of possible options, though. I know for sure that if I have multiple video chats going, I’'d like to be able to switch away and have only the actively selected session be able to see and hear me. That may be a personal preference, but there it is.
Of course, if you start talking about multi-party video and audio conferencing, that would be different. Then you’‘re intentionally involving multiple simultaneous contacts and you’‘d obviously want everyone to hear you (although, maybe still, a Hold button to allow you to confer with one colleague separately would be cool). This is all just “want to haves”, obviously, but I figured as long as we’‘re talking about it I’'d voice my opinions.