Google Talk


Google Talk is Google's XMPP-based IM service, which has (obviously) Gmail and Google/Login integration. It can only be termed VoIP charitably, since it doesn't use standard protocols.

Good Points:

  • Clean UI
  • Gmail address book integration
  • Third-party clients supported from the outset (list is incomplete. since others work too).

Bad Points:

  • Windows-only (duuuuuuuh!)
  • No SIP (less firewall hassles, I suppose), no mention of ENUM anywhere, etc.
  • Doesn't work well across my VPN setup (and likely neither through most Microsoft shops' default firewall setups)

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