Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Aug 2005 12:33 UTC
Google Google has launched an instant-messaging (IM) program that allows text chat and computer-to-computer voice connections, a move that highlights the search giant's increasing competition with Yahoo, Microsoft and America Online. You can download Google Talk here. Google also makes it very clear that you do not need Google Talk to use their service, and they provide detailed instructions on using other IM clients to connect to Google Talk. Update: Micheal Robertson announces partnership with Google to promote the use of open standards in VoIP/IM.
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Windoze only
by on Wed 24th Aug 2005 12:53 UTC

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Agh, why does no one appreciate Linux? Gaim doesn't support voice, so I don't really see any reason to use Google Talk if one has already something like ICQ or MSN account. Well, I'll just have to wait and see how many years it'll take for a Linux version to arrive.
-WereCat

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RE: Windoze only
by Daniel Borgmann on Wed 24th Aug 2005 13:05 in reply to "Windoze only"
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2005-07-08

I don't really see any reason to use Google Talk if one has already something like ICQ or MSN account.

I totally disagree. Jabber is an open protocol which has the potential to be for IM what POP3 and SMTP are for email. ICQ and MSN are isolated and centralized services, which practically only communicate between themselves.

Google could just be the force to push Jabber into the mainstream and make IM a truely open and universal method of communication, just like email.

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RE[2]: Windoze only
by on Wed 24th Aug 2005 13:36 in reply to "RE: Windoze only"
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I fail to see what's so good about Jabber. So far I have not seen any good reason to use it; it doesn't offer anything new and useful. Oh, and I don't ICQ & MSN being isolated and centralized services as atleast everything can be found in one place, and I don't even need to set any specific server settings to use either.
-WereCat

Ps. This isn't meant to be a flamebait or something like that...

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