We've been working to bring together our new IM service. Most of the development was centered up here in the Kirkland office. Watch this space (and others) for more news over the next couple of days.
In case you've missed the fireworks, here is the summary of what we've done:
- Instant messaging server based on the XMPP/Jabber protocol. This is an IETF approved protocol. Check out www.xmpp.org for more info.
- Out of the box support for many third party clients. Choose iChat, Gaim, Trillian or a host of others. We support them from day one.
- Our own client available for download from talk.google.com. We've concentrated on a simple to use and clean interface. We've tried to strip IM down to its essence.
- Support for voice calls between clients that just work. We've worked hard to support all sorts of network topologies. We are also using first class industry leading audio codecs.
- A commitment to openness moving forward. Choose your platform (Window, Mac, Linux, etc), choose your client (ours or others) and choose your service provider (we are commited to federation). We want to make IM as open as the web or email.