Yes, rumour! Yes, screen shots! Yes, confirmed server running! At last, Google Instant Messenger is coming... TODAY.
Let's just hope
- 100% Jabber-compliant protocol - so I can pick a favourite Jabber-enabled IM app. Open market wins?
- Can re-use gmail email address as Messenger ID, not another ID-Password pls
- They're running all the gateway transports (lets u comms with buddies on MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, AOL, blah..) - this one quite hard, sure clash with other companies...
Privacy? You never had - get over it (unless you've been using Tor)
Update: Ok, Google Talk released. 2 out of 3.
We plan to partner with other willing service providers to enable federation of our services.
Update 2: Acknowledged. Without avatar/picture, emoticons... and Google Talk itself can't be used as a generic Jabber client... *sigh* still quite lame, only a hardcore fan like me can get excited.