Google talks up new VoIP service

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Google talks up new VoIP service

Following months of speculation, Google has finally revealed its plans to enter the voice over IP (VoIP) market.

 

With the last year seeing the ever increasing reach of the Skype downloadable VoIP service, Google said it is now focused on developing innovative technologies that enhance people's lives. Its new Google Talk service, the company says, encourages and simplifies instant communication across the web.

 

"At Google… we recognise the importance of efficient instant communications and information exchange," said Georges Harik, director, product management, Google. "Google Talk further enriches our users' communications experience, whether they choose to communicate via e-mail, IM [Instant Messenger], or a call."

 

Key features of Google Talk include “superior” voice quality, a simple and intuitive user interface with no clutter, pop-ups or ads, and a shared Gmail contacts list so there is no need to maintain different contact lists.

 

Google Talk will be available free via a downloadable Windows application for Google’s Gmail.

 

Google Talk enables Google users to connect to the Google Talk service and exchange messages using any client that offers the same messaging function, including Trillian, Adium, iChat, GAIM, and Psi.

 

Google is currently working with EarthLink to federate with their Vling communications service and with Sipphone on federating their Gizmo Project.


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