Google Talk gets new data transfer and voicemail features

Google has upgraded its Google Talk instant messaging and voice over IP service.

Google has upgraded its Google Talk instant messaging and voice over IP service.

The upgrade comes a year after the service’s launch, and is designed to make it easier for users to transfer files and leave voicemail messages for other users.

A new “send file” button in the service will allow users to send documents, photos or other files by transmitting them through a chat window as a thumbnail, which can then be viewed in full size by the recipient.

Users making voice calls can now also leave a voicemail when recipients don’t answer, or leave a voicemail message for them without having to initiate a call.

Users of Google’s Gmail e-mail service can play voicemail without any extra software. Users of other e-mail will have to download an MP3 voicemail attachment to hear any messages.

Yahoo’s Yahoo Messenger instant messaging service also has voice features.

 

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