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Lots of talk about Google introducing an instant messaging client, using the Jabber technology. I think this will be a voice enabled IM product, which will be released in order to match the “talk” features of Yahoo and MSN. Google Rumors reports that the talk.google.com domain […]

Lots of talk about Google introducing an instant messaging client, using the Jabber technology. I think this will be a voice enabled IM product, which will be released in order to match the “talk” features of Yahoo and MSN. Google Rumors reports that the talk.google.com domain has become active, and sends you to google.com/talk which shows a 404 message. There is already news that Google is running a Jabber server. Jabber already has a deal with AOL, and from the looks of it, is fast becoming a platform of choice for voice-over-IM.

> The Jabber Extensible Communications Platform (Jabber XCP), known for its’ highly programmable presence and messaging framework and unique capability to bridge applications, networks, devices, multi-media, and protocols, is extending even farther.

Jabber’s deal with AOL is all about offering “federated IM” service that can also connect to ICQ and Apple’s iChat. And now Google. And this is the worst possible news for someone like Skype, because now they will up against not two but three giants who want to offer a pale-version of Skype.

  1. Google talk

    Google talk: Om Malik has a theory about rumors regarding Google introducing an instant messaging client.

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  2. It Looks Like it’s Will Be an IM client…

    The resourceful Om Malik figures out a key part of the Google puzzle.  He claims that the new product to be introduced by the search engine giant will be an IM client using Jabber (self-proclaimed “the Linux of IM” – hey, if their stuff wor…

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  3. [...] nally, Google is currently running a Jabber server which was picked up by a Neowin member. Om Malik explains how Jabber is a voice-over-IM technology which is growing [...]

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  4. GNC-2005-08-23 #93

    Join me on the Computer Outlook Radio Talk Show this coming Wednesday at 5pm PST and also if you are…

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  5. Google has an XMPP server up…

    Details at Neowin and voice capability speculation at Om Malik’s. He theorizes that Skype is in trouble….

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  6. What Will Google Talk Be?

    Dirson (he found talk.google.com is live, but not responding) and many others, including the NYT yesterday, have been speculating about a new communications tool promised out of the Googleplex for tomorrow. I’ve heard it’s anything from an IM client…

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  7. I think we should call this Google’s IC [Instant Communicator] rather than IM client. My sources say the tool is going to be released tomorrow but I didn’t ask for specifics on it. My personal speculation is this tool will be their first forray into VOIP. Whether or not it will allow voip to connect to a standard phone on this first rev is unclear but there are many ways in which Google can/will generate revenue off of their new IC client. If they offer land line termination then there’s the per minute fee and who’s to say they’re not going to offer voice search as part of the overall strategy. As wifi phones get more and more popular it’s going to be a great way to incorporate that feature and increase ad revenue and a pay per call model.

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  8. [...] y is off the mark when it comes to Google buying Skype. Andy gives his reasons, and here is what I think, and what Mark Evans has to say on the matter. Someone close to the company r [...]

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  9. Jabber (aka XMPP) is not a VOIP protocol. It’s an open instant messaging protocol, primarily text-based, comparable to AIM or MSN Messenger. If Google is running a Jabber server, that says nothing about whether they will be doing VOIP.

    Now, it’s possible to send SIP messages over Jabber to negotiate a VOIP connection (iChat can do that) but the actual voice/video connection would run entirely independently of Jabber.

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  10. It wouldn’t surprise me if Jabber wasn’t part of the equation at all and they’ve built their own IM / IC server. My speculations are purely based on what I think they will do, not what other folks have said thus far.

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