I just finished setting up my iChat 3.0.1 client for Google Talk. Mac folks don’t have the Google client available, but Tiger users can take advantage of the Jabber capability in iChat3 to log into the Google server. We can also use Adium, GAIM, and Psi.
I’m sure you’ve read plenty about Google Desktop, but you won’t be able to experience it unless you’re running Windows XP or Windows 2000 SP 3+. Of course Tiger provides you with much of that same muscle. So maybe it isn’t a big deal.
If you go to the Google Earth download page, you’ll discover that “Apple Macintosh computers are not supported at this time (but we are working on it).” Yeah, OK thanks for that. Want to give Picasa a spin? Oops, it’s a .exe download. Sorry.
The feeling I get isn’t that Google is anti-Mac, they just don’t seem to care that much. My Gmail account works fine in Safari, and I think that Google Talk will be serviceable with iChat. But that seems about it for now.
The odd thing is, in the beginning I felt a kinship with Google. They were the alternative who thought outside of the box. For some weird reason, I always thought that Google would be Mac friendly. In a way, I guess they are… sort of.