Announcing Loudtalks Cloud

By Alexey Gavrilov on January 26, 2009

Today we are introducing the new product in the Loudtalks family. It’s Loudtalks Cloud — a managed push-to-talk service for companies and groups. So what is it and how is it different from Loudtalks?

  1. Loudtalks is an open network, where anyone can speak to anyone. Loudtalks Cloud is a closed network for your group or organization only.
  2. Loudtalks is 100% free. Loudtalks Cloud is freemium, which means both free and paid service options. More on this later in this post.
  3. Loudtalks Cloud doesn’t have any client-side contacts management. It’s all handled by web-based admin console so if you want to add a new employee, just few clicks and… boom, she’s in everyone’s contact list. This is especially convenient if you use a mobile version.
  4. Loudtalks Cloud supports massive channels with as many as 100 online participants. Channels management is web-based too.
  5. We host all supernodes for Loudtalks Cloud ourselves, which allows to provide consistent performance and faster communication.
  6. Communication within Loudtalks Cloud is seriously encrypted (AES 256 bits with disposable one time session keys, securely exchanged using RSA 360 bits) so you can use it for sensitive talks. We never store any of your messages on our servers (as in Loudtalks).
  7. Each network gets personalized setups of Loudtalks for Windows and Windows Mobile available for download from network’s homepage so the only thing your users have to do to get started is to install the app and enter their username and password.
  8. You can enter Full name and Job title for each user, while keeping usernames short.

The new service is available now as a public beta. We anticipate we might have to restrict the new sign ups depending on the demand vs capacity but hopefully it all will go smoothly. Setup is really simple and would take you less than 3 minutes.

As I mentioned Loudtalks Cloud comes in two flavours. Here are the options:

Free use

This option is suitable for personal groups and small businesses. You get all the features of Loudtalks Cloud free with the only limitation, that you can’t have more than 10 people in your group. Based on our analysis this is sufficient for the most of our users so why don’t you try it now?

Premium service

Premium service includes all you get with the free service plus more:

  1. Unlimited number of users
  2. Support of two-way radio gateways
  3. Priority email support with guaranteed response-time
  4. Priority treatment of feature requests
  5. Monitored network availability and uptime SLA

Premium plans start at $39 per month (for 20 users or 10 users + 2 radio gateways) pay-as-you-go and there are discounts if you need more than 50 users. We hope that if you use the service in your business, it is well worth the subscription fee. During the beta testing Loudtalks Cloud is free for everyone (users limit is not enforced) so please try it and tell us what extra could we do to help you justify the investment.

Of course the free Loudtalks service remains here and we continue to support and develop it. You can run Loudtalks Cloud client in parallel with standard Loudtalks if you want.

Loudtalks 0.9.0.39 for Windows and Windows Mobile

By Alexey Gavrilov on January 26, 2009

Changes list

Windows build:

  1. Fixed error with contacts authorization
  2. Fixed links not working in autoupdate notification dialog
  3. Updated French localization (thanks, Jean Marie!)
  4. Fixed visual artefacts, when running under WINE on Linux
  5. Improved logon performance (p2p core)

The update will be delivered automatically to all existing users.

Windows Mobile build:

  1. Added Options… dialog where you can a) Select UI language, b) Configure sound notifications, c) Configure connection settings (if required)
  2. Improved “joystick” navigation — central button will now work as PTT, and Left-Right to access messages history. Now you can use Loudtalks with hard keys only.
  3. Turn on compression in .CAB file, which greatly reduced its size

Update procedure is manual. Please download and install the latest version from the links below:

Option 1: Installer for the desktop (via ActiveSync)

Option 2: Installer for the device (.cab)

We have more announcements to make later today so stay tuned!

Loudtalks 0.9.0.38

By Alexey Gavrilov on January 14, 2009

This is a minor update, which has the following features:

  1. Compatibility with Loudtalks for Windows Mobile
  2. Option to force TCP connection (useful if you have issues with connectivity)
  3. Option to play notification sound before ALL messages (not only new conversations)
  4. Notification slide-up stays on the screen for few more seconds after receiving the message
  5. Full-duplex mode when both sender and recipient set “Headphones” status

Existing users will receive the update automatically.

Loudtalks for Windows Mobile is available for download

By Alexey Gavrilov on January 12, 2009

We’ve released to the public the version of Loudtalks, which runs on Windows Mobile devices. Below are download links:

Option 1: Installer for the desktop (via ActiveSync)

Option 2: Installer for the device (.cab)

Mobile version doesn’t provide functions for account registration or contact list management yet so you have to had an account with contacts already to use it (you can create an account and add contacts using desktop version of Loudtalks). Updated version doesn’t require registration via desktop and could be used completely standalone. It should work fine on devices with 400 MHz+ processor and on Windows Mobile 2003, Windows Mobile 5.0 and¬†Windows Mobile 6.0.

Please let us know, how it works for you in the comments!