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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