Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Google Talk is live

Google has launched an instant messenger service (Google Talk), using the open source Jabber protocol. They have a client available for Windows, but since they're using Jabber, Mac and Linux users can use Jabber-compatible programs (e.g., GAIM) to connect to the service. There's already a (very short) review of the Google Windows client here.

Google appears to be pushing the voice-over-IP capabilities of their client, but I'm more excited that the client is ad-free, cleanly designed, and integrates well with Gmail. I'll definitely be adding Google Talk to the list of IM clients I use with my students this fall.

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