Google Talk

Google Talk is a lightweight Jabber-based instant messaging client with voice capabilities. They say talk is cheap. Google thinks it should be free. Google Talk enables you to call or send instant messages to your friends for free–anytime, anywhere in the world. Google Talk offers you.

Google Talk is a simple and free way to talk with and send instant messages to your friends. Like Gmail, Google Talk uses Google's innovative technologies to help people communicate more effectively and efficiently. Think of it as Google's approach to communications. Google Talk is in beta and requires a Gmail username and password. Don't have Gmail? Get an account using your mobile phone.

Google Talk is easy and intuitive to use. All you need to make free calls is an Internet connection, a microphone, and a speaker. After you download Google Talk, sign in with your Gmail username and password. Invite your friends to download Google Talk, and once they do, you'll be able to talk or IM with them instantly.

Some of the features which are:

  • Choice: Get in touch over email, IM or a call
  • Quality: Talk through your computer but hear your friends as if they were in the same room
  • Convenience: Your Gmail contacts are pre-loaded into Google Talk so inviting or talking to your friends is just a click away

Google Talk is a downloadable Windows application that enables users to quickly and easily talk or send instant messages to their friends for free. Calls are made through your computer using the latest voice technology; all you need is an Internet connection, a microphone and a speaker. If you don't have a speaker or built-in microphone, you may want to consider buying a headset, which will also provide the best voice quality when using Google Talk.

When you download and use Google Talk, you're actually connected to the group of users on the Google Talk network. Because Google Talk supports open standards, Google Talk users can also talk with users of other service providers that support open standards. So you can talk with more people, and not just ones who download Google Talk. We're hoping the list of service providers that support open standards will continue to grow, and that more and more users around the world will be able to talk to each other while still getting to use the service of their choice.

Review by Jared Moya

Google Talk has an average rating 4.0 out of 5 based on 5 user ratings.