Since last year we have seen rumors about Google getting into the IM space and into the VOIP space. Today Google launched Google Talk,
(here’s a news story)
an instant messaging client that incorporates voice as well. I searched
Google for “Google Talk” and I went to talk.google.com (just a guess)
and couldn’t find anything. (They haven’t pre-programmed their own
index for this launch–I wonder how long it will take for them to be #1
on the search “google talk”). But a blogger pointed me to
www.google.com/talk, so I was able to download the client to try it
You have to have a gmail account to use Google Talk, and Google has now
opened up gmail to any comer (it has been by invitation only up until
now.) It surprises me a bit that Google requires a Gmail account to use
Google Talk. On the other hand, bloggers are already raving about how
Google Talk automatically connects you to all your Gmail contacts, so
maybe it was a smart thing to do.
Skype announced that it will more easily integrate with software applications and web sites.
So the plot thickens, and free basic telecommunications for everyone worldwide is one step closer to being a reality.