Important note:Google Talk is no longer available. It has been replaced by Google Hangouts.
Commonly known as Gtalk, Gchat or Gmail messenger, Google Talk is a free and easy instant messaging and voice over the Internet. Simple and intuitive at the same time, it is a intended for communication.
Google talk is providing real-time extensible messaging and supports messaging with any service provider that supports XMPP. Thanks to this, universities, corporations as well as individual users can profit from it. Its integration to Gmail enables users to send instant messages without having to open other software or other tab. Users can also interact with registered Orkut by sending and receiving « scraps ». Google+, also integrated into Gtalk, helps users to look at their Google+ contacts in the contact list. Gtalk is compatible with Nokia 5230 Internet Tablet, Windows mobile, iPhone, Blackberry, Sony's mylo and Android version 2.3.4. It is worth to remember that all calls are free and if you use a headset, the voice quality is certain to be high. But it is always up to configure to use this option or not. This software notifies the user for a new message in Google Mail account and obviously all incoming calls or IM. This is practical when you have to launch another program at the same time.
For instant messaging only
Google Mail Account
Windows 2000, Windows XP (Home & Pro) or Windows Server 2003
At least 56k dial-up connection
For voice calls:
Access to microphone and speakers (headset)
Easy to use
Chat, call, video
Google talk client not compatible with Macintosh or Linux systems. Getting old fashioned. No voice and video calls below android version 2.3.4