February 7, 2006
Google Adds IM Capabilities to Gmail Client
Google has announced that it is adding an IM "client" to the Gmail interface. The client does not require a separate download, but will appear as a chat window below the inbox listing. Here's a graphic provided by Google. The same page has links to a FAQ related to the new feature.
Google had rolled out an IM stand alone client called Google Talk earlier. This was tied to the Gmail login and password. The stand alone client allowed individuals to make computer to computer calls. The mail window, however, only allows text rather than including the features of the stand alone client. The web client does allow archiving and the ability to turn that feature on or off. It is enabled by default. Chat histories appear in the inbox and can be manipulated as can an email message.
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