Google endorses open source XMPP with Google Talk
Google Talk was the talking point this week. It was long speculated about a possible web browser and an instant messaging client from the world’s most popular search engine after they showed interest in directly competing with Microsoft’s MSN and Yahoo! in various similar fields. The web browser never came, but the company indeed launched its instant messenger Google Talk this week.
This was a bit surprising considering Google already has an instant messaging solution in Google Hello, which they acquired while purchasing Picasa. Interestingly, instead of making their own proprietary standard for their instant messenger, Google has decided to go open source.