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[3]: Windoze only
by Midnightbrewer on Thu 25th Aug 2005 04:37 UTC
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The nice thing about Jabber is that no single company can dictate terms; you can get free clients that can handle it, and you don't have to deal with pop-up advertising. However, the one drawback is that it still requires a server, which means whoever controls that server *can* dictate terms. However, that's just life, really; he who owns the toys makes the rules.

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