Google Launches IM

Google launched Google Talk, a downloadable Windows application enabling Gmail users to quickly and easily talk or IM

August 24, 2005

2 Min Read

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today launched Google Talk, a downloadable Windows application from Google that enables Gmail users to quickly and easily talk or IM with their friends for free. Google is focused on developing innovative technologies that enhance people's lives, and Google Talk encourages and simplifies instant communication across the web.

"At Google, we're continually investing in areas where we can make technological change, and we recognize the importance of efficient instant communications and information exchange," said Georges Harik, director, Product Management, Google Inc. "Google Talk further enriches our users' communications experience, whether they choose to communicate via email, IM, or a call."

Google Talk

Google Talk was developed to make it faster and easier for people to connect to the information they need. Key features include:

Superior voice quality through just a computer microphone and speaker

Simple and intuitive user interface - no clutter, pop-ups or ads

Shared Gmail contacts list so there's no need to maintain different contacts lists

Gmail users can download Google Talk by visiting Once they download the application, they can begin inviting others by clicking "Add friend" from the Google Talk interface. Those invited to Google Talk will also receive a free Gmail account, if they do not currently have one.

Open Communications Model

Google believes that users should have a choice in what applications they use for communication. Built to support industry standards, Google Talk enables Google users to connect to the Google Talk service and exchange IMs using any client that does the same, including Trillian, Adium, iChat, GAIM, and Psi.

The company is also committed to working with other service providers to create a federation model that enables users on any member network to talk to users on any other member network in a secure and abuse-free manner. Google is currently working with EarthLink to federate with their Vling communications service and with Sipphone on federating their Gizmo Project.

Greater Availability of Gmail Google Talk requires a Gmail username and password, and starting today, Google is making it easier for anyone in the U.S. with access to a mobile phone to sign up for a Gmail account. When users visit and enter their mobile phone number, they will receive an invitation code via a text message. This code enables them to open an account. With a Gmail account, users can try both Gmail and Google Talk, and begin inviting their friends and family to talk with them for free over email, IM or a voice call.


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