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Google Talk

After many months of speculation Google’s IM program is finally available for download. Named Google Talk, the program runs only on Windows but is designed to work with other Jabber based IM products. Some neat features that Google Talk offers include:

– Contacts downloaded from GMail Contacts
– VoIP functionality
– Zero Ads (How soon before Google starts offering a new AdWords option)
– Google School of Design interface
– Developer Friendly (Remember all the web applications that were utilizing Google Maps)

This may only be coincidence, but MSN Messenger released their latest IM product yesterday and Skype has warmed up to developers by way of their new IM developer tools. Competition absolutely rocks.