Google Talk - a new Instant Messaging (IM) Service
Posted on August 24, 2005 in Instant Messaging, Google Talk, VoIP
Google has just announced the release of an open, instant communications service.
According to a Google Press statement:
Google Inc. today launched Google Talk, a downloadable Windows application from Google that enables Gmail users to quickly and easily talk or IM with their friends for free. Google is focused on developing innovative technologies that enhance people’s lives, and Google Talk encourages and simplifies instant communication across the web.
The first thing I noticed when I went to the Google Talk site is the service is still in beta as with most other software services that Google is providing. According to the Google Talk site:
They say talk is cheap. Google thinks it should be free. Google Talk enables you to call or send instant messages to your friends for free–anytime, anywhere in the world. Google Talk offers you:
Google Talk is in beta and requires a Gmail username and password.
- Choice: Get in touch how and when you want to–over email, IM or a call
- Quality: Talk through your computer but hear your friends as if they were in the same room
- Convenience: Your Gmail contacts are pre-loaded into Google Talk so inviting or talking to your friends is just a click away
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