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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No clear way forward
by sb56637 on Fri 24th May 2013 13:33 UTC
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Well, this certainly stinks.

Looks like for the moment at least, Google still offers their XMPP service for connecting with Pidgin/Empathy/Kopete/whatever. So as long as they keep offering that I guess I'll keep using it. In reality, I've never met anybody in real life aside from a few geeks who uses any other Jabber server. I don't think I could get my friends to all switch over to another Jabber server either, since most of them use the Gmail web interface for chatting anyway.

Edited 2013-05-24 13:45 UTC

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