Google announced this week that they have opened up their IM and VoIP platform using the open XMPP protocol that was recently developed in conjunction with the Jabber Foundation. This is great news for users and for companies who want to create products that will interoperate with Google Talk. With this move will Google help usher in an era of openly federated IM and VoIP, where connecting to users on other systems will work as seemlessly as email does today? Let’s hope so. Reportedly AOL has agreed to interoperate with Google Talk as part of Google’s recent billion-dollar investment in the leading IM provider, but will Yahoo and Microsoft follow? Both companies have said they’ll open up their IM and VoIP networks later this year, but we’ve heard those kind of promises before.
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