Google Introduces Google Talk Instant Messaging Service
Posted on 24-Aug-2005 16:02
Filed under: News
This week will probably see two significant announcements from Google. The first one was the Google Desktop 2, a desktop search engine that searches through local user files, presents RSS feeds (called Web Clips), Weather and even local pictures on a sidebar.
The second announcement is the Google Talk service. This IM (Instant Messaging) tool is free and available to any GMAIL user. The GMAIL address is the entry ticket to the new service.
Google Talk enable users to call or send instant messages to friends anywhere in the world, like other IM programs. But it is more than this, since it offers the choice of how to enter a conversation with friends - either over email, IM or a call over the Internet.
This is another step into a total desktop portal, with personalised news pages, search engine, news clips, local search and now instant messaging.
Google Talk can be accessed through Jabber clients (Trillian, GAIM and iChat) pointing to the talk.google.com server and using a valid GMAIL account for login, or by using the Google Talk client, available for download directly from the Google website. The advantage of using this client application is the automatic connection to the Google Talk servers without any configuration, plus complete integration with GMAIL and Outlook contacts.
If a friend being added to the Google Talk list does not have a GMAIL account Google will automaticall send an invitation to the service to this new user.
Google says the voice calls between Google Talk clients should work across firewalls and NAT routers. Voice calls will only work through the service's own client.