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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RE[6]: Windoze only
by on Wed 24th Aug 2005 14:55 UTC

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About the users: I don't think many average IM users does really care about the opennes of a certain protocol. I know I don't care, as long as it works and doesn't cost me anything. If it costs me something, I stop using it. The same goes for anyone I personally know.

Well, do you "think" users care about being able to use whatever client they want? Afaic the next time $CLOSED_IM_PROTOCOL "accidentally" breaks their protocoll to keep 3rd party clients out they cant keep their moronic "services" for them selves. I'm going to turn people towards the free and open protocoll which you scoff.. Good luck with the proprietary shit. :-)

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RE[7]: Windoze only
by on Wed 24th Aug 2005 15:00 in reply to "RE[6]: Windoze only"
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They've done it already a lot of times, and I *still* can use any open-source client I want. So there you go.
-WereCat

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RE[8]: Windoze only
by on Wed 24th Aug 2005 15:03 in reply to "RE[7]: Windoze only"
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Yeah, but it's a mess, and there is a delay. So why taking pains you don't have to?

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