Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd May 2013 22:01 UTC
Google "In the midst of the major press blitz surrounding its annual I/O Conference, Google dropped some unfortunate news about its instant messaging plans. In several places around the web, the company is replacing the existing 'Talk' platform with a new one called 'Hangouts' that sharply diminishes support for the open messaging protocol known as XMPP (or sometimes informally Jabber), and also removes the option to disable the archiving of all chat communications. These changes represent a switch from open protocols to proprietary ones, and a clear step backward for many users." That's why I always say: only suckers trust companies.
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It's bad news
by Valhalla on Fri 24th May 2013 01:28 UTC
Valhalla
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But not exactly 'out of the blue' given the complaints by Larry Page of how Microsoft took advantage of their interoperability to allow Skype to contact GTalk but didn't allow the same in return (yes, good old hypocrite Microsoft which just recently cried about Google not giving it access to the Youtube api).

So now Google is giving up on the open standard approach here and instead turns to a proprietary api offering, which is bad news for those of us who want open standards as Google was one of the few companies out there pushing them which actually had enough clout for them to be supported (like XMPP which is what is now being more or less abandoned).

Overall this just seems like a really bad move. And even if it ends up benefiting Google it certainly is a step back for open standards, which is what I care for.

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