Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Talk @ Google

Today, Google launched its Instant Messaging service, Google Talk. I cannot check out the application itself (it's only available for Windows 2000/XP) but that doesn't mean I cannot use the service.

The nice thing is, Google Talk uses Open Source Jabber Protocol (already used by many clients) and that means I can use my Jabber-compatible GAIM Linux client to be online as "fuxoft" on Google Talk at the same time I am online as "2745855" on ICQ.

Unfortunately, I'm afraid there is currently no way for non-Windows users to use the voice chat on Google Talk. On the other hand, it seems that Google Talk Windows client doesn't support file transfers yet...

2 comments:

Tom said...

On thing that freats me is that all Google software (Picasa, Google Maps, ...) is Windows centric. People with alternative operating systems have hard luck...

Fuxoft said...

Tom, that's basically true (although Google Maps is browser-based and thus OS-neutral, you probabyl mean Google Earth). It's sad truth that vast majority of Google visitors still uses Windows. At least Google acknowledges it and says that it's working on other versions. By the way Picasa works well in WINE emulator. Or, use Flickr instead... :)