Google Talk is here!

As jeremy announced yesterday Google talk is here and it’s pretty much what we expected. It’s a simple, clean and light IM client for Windows, however, you can connect to is using other IM Clients.

For the moment, I think that it’s mainly trying to compete with Skype in VOIP but I have not yet tested it since I don’t have a Mic at hand.

Now for the good, the bad and the ugly.

The Good:

  • it’s light
  • it’s simple
  • it’s functional
  • it has a nice clean look to it and get this, get this… no adds! Hear that MSN?

The Bad:

  • Only GMail registered users can use it (But if you invite someone that doesn’t use GMail to use Google Chat they will automatically get an invitation to create a GMail account)
  • Even though you can use it on MacOSX and Linux, the complexity of the setup might drive less experienced users away from it (even though each client has a simple follow-through explanation with pictures).
  • You can’t transfer files through it, yet

The Ugly:

  • No uglies yet, you can’t use your picture as an avatar ;)

Bottom line:

I like it, and the few friends of mine that tried it also did. Even though the prerequisite of having a GMail account might drive some away (some people that we all know that hate registering [or are just too stupid to do it]) but still, it does what’s asked of it except file transfers but I think I can live with that for now, the rest is all great.

To download Google Talk just click on the “Visit Site” link below, however you do need a Gmail account. If you want an invite, I’ll give them while I have them, so feel free to ask in the comments.

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