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 Post subject: IT News: Gmail Chats With Google Talk
PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 7:55 pm 
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Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News Service

Users will be able to conduct instant messaging sessions from within the Web mail service.


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Google is tightening the link between Gmail and Google Talk by allowing users to conduct instant messaging text chat sessions from within the Web mail service's interface, the Mountain View, California, company plans to announce on Tuesday.

To use Google Talk from within Gmail, users don't need to download any additional software nor a separate application. It's a new Gmail feature that Google will start to enable on Tuesday. The rollout, limited to users of the U.S. English-language interface, will be completed in a matter of weeks, says Gmail product manager Keith Coleman.

Users will see a new list of contacts, from which IM sessions can be started. IM windows open up right on the browser, which can be either Microsoft's Internet Explorer, versions 6.0 and up, or Mozilla's Firefox 1.0 and up. Support for other browsers will be added later.

Google developed this feature to address the "arbitrary separation" that exists between e-mail and IM applications, a source of frustration and inconvenience for users, Coleman says.

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Users wanting to use Google Talk's voice chat feature will have to use the IM service's own interface, because, at least for now, Gmail will only host text chat IM sessions, he says.

However, it would be an "obvious" move for Google to extend the Google Talk voice chat capabilities to Gmail, although the company isn't committing to doing that at this point, Coleman says.

Google Talk sessions conducted on Gmail will be saved by default along with e-mail messages. Users have the option of turning off this functionality to prevent the system from keeping a record of a text chat.

The company launched Google Talk in August of last year and made it a requirement for its users to have a Gmail account. Both services are free and both are in beta, or test, periods.

When Google Talk was launched, it included a set of initial links with Gmail, including identical log-in information and the ability to access the Gmail inbox from within the Google Talk interface and send e-mail messages from there. In addition, Google Talk alerts users when new messages are received in their Gmail account. Moreover, the two services share a single list of contacts.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 8:33 pm 
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I wonder when Gmail itself is going to be out of beta.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 8:58 pm 
Me too, ive had it for about a year now and I love it, maybe they want people to think that its special to have a gMail account, or they want people that actually WANT an email from them, instead of registering one and using it for 2 emails.


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