There were rumours, there were whispers, now it’s here.
Google Talk may be fashionably late in an already busy online voice chat world, but by working on principles different to the other IM/VoIP systems, it might already be winning the heart of some users.
AOL, MSN and Yahoo try to ensure that their users talk to no others simply because they fear that opening up their networks will dilute their hold and reduce the amount of cash they can generate from all these people.
By contrast, Google Talk is based on an open technology called Jabber which was created to help different networks talk to each other.
There is method to Google’s seeming madness. It is clear that Google is trying to build a cluster of programs that effectively turns the net into an operating system – just like Windows does for personal computers.
If anyone’s using it already, let me know… I’ve yet to find anyone to chat with, so I can’t really comment on how I find this version.