Live Launch Google Talk, Free Computer to Computer Calls for All

Aug 24th

So Google launched their Google Talk IM service. Unlike others, they made it fairly open such that people could create extensions and easily use it with other services:

The market is constrained by the fact that the most popular services - MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, and AOL's AIM and ICQ - generally do not allow users to send messages to those on rival services.

Google hopes to change that by basing its software on emerging internet standards and by making the program interface available to third-party software developers.

This will allow some existing instant messenger software to work with Google, so Google Talk users will not be forced to use Google's software to send messages.

Google's recent desktop search was exceptionally rich with features. Google Talk could not look like much more of a modest program. It's interface is rather spartan, and sorta reminds me of an Ipod. I think the reasons for the exceptionally modest / plain design are:

  • Google wanted to keep it simple such that they really push the free voice service that goes along with it. (I wonder what the people at Skype are thinking right now?)

  • Google wants to encourage / train their users to make the system they want to use.

To get some of the features you need to have a Gmail account. Some people are added without you adding them because you have emailed back and forth in the past.

Some people with different groups of friend sets and business partners might find the feature set a bit lacking, but I think they just wanted a simple clean launch from which they could collect user feedback.

Published: August 24, 2005

Comments

britney
April 15, 2007 - 8:37pm

This program didnt really help me. I need to no how to talk (like how you would on a phone) on the computer. One of my friends lives in germany And we want to comunicate over our computers but I am having a hard time nowing how to do this. So please help me if you could.

leanne
April 26, 2007 - 10:02am

Hi Britney,

Try www.skype.com

Hope this helps

Leanne

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