Google only released their “Talk” application for Windows, but Mac and *nix users aren’t left out in the cold, because the service is based on the open Jabber/XMPP IM protocol. Non-windows users can just configure their Jabber-capable IM apps to use the talk.google.com server.
I had big lightbulb moment when I realized what this means for mobile devices, like Windows Mobile Smartphones, Pocket PCs, and other wireless devices. There are tons of Jabber clients out there, for all platforms (see the link at the top for one list). That means I can get one for my Smartphone, or whatever wireless device I’m using, and use my Google Talk IM service without having to wait for Google or someone to write a client specifically for my platform (as is the case with MSN Messenger, AIM, Skype, etc.). Sweet!
I haven’t tried it yet, but I intend to. Anyone have a recommendation for a good Pocket PC or Smartphone Jabber client? Do any of them support the Voice Over IP function?
Suddenly, Skype just got some competition in my life for the role of my cross-platform text/voice IM client… 🙂