New Version of Google Talk released!

New Version of Google Talk released!

Summary: Google finally released a new version of Google Talk. It's been a long time coming, but the new application, in some ways, definitely worth the wait.

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Google finally released a new version of Google Talk. It's been a long time coming, but the new application, in some ways, definitely worth the wait. This version includes all the great features of the Google Talk Gadget, but in an application form. It's called, Google Talk Labs Edition.

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Google Talk, Labs Edition is an experimental release of the Google Talk client. It has many of the same great features as the Google Talk Gadget, including instant messaging, emoticons, and group chat. Google Talk, Labs Edition also comes with new desktop notifications from Calendar, Orkut, and Gmail.

One of my favorite features is the new Google Calendar notifications. They remind me more of the ones you can find in Outlook when you have a scheduled appointment. Instead of a simple email sent to your Gmail account, you are shown a dedicated snoozable calendar alert window that makes it a lot harder to forget appointments.

Unfortunately, however, the new version doesn't come without drawbacks. No voice calls or file transfer. Even though the client itself is much nicer than the original, the absence of those two features is probably why it's labeled a "labs version".

Topics: Google, Browser, Collaboration

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  • google talk labs edition

    It seems that it is quite basic.
    I even cannot select the history for copy and paste.
    steelblued
  • another half-assed google app.

    even though i agree that this is a labs edition. Why do they have a release a version with features removed!?

    Ok, they added notifications and changed UI, and then removed some features, LOL, why cant they just add these features to the old versions then change the UI.

    It doesnt even install on my machine, fails with error 1033.

    hmm, will never try another early release (pre-alpha!??) google app.
    5ri
  • RE: New Version of Google Talk released!

    I have never chat in gtalk, only voice conversations, and in new version it is absent! very smart! :))
    xorxe
  • RE: New Version of Google Talk released!

    it seems like google guys are busy with extending Fools day? :-)
    no voice stuff, no file transfers, still no invisible mode + as bonus messages on new tabs instead of popups:-))))
    timteka
  • RE: New Version of Google Talk released!

    Only released as an MS-DOS executable = fail
    dahowlett@...
  • RE: New Version of Google Talk released!

    I have to fully agree with #4 timteka: for me especially the removal of filtransfer is a big no-go.

    I wonder why it's beeing described in the original past as 'includes all great features of the talk gadget' while it lacks the basic things the old version did have.
    HBE
  • RE: New Version of Google Talk released!

    I can't paste text from my clipboard in the lab version of google talk, . What should I do, ?
    dotcompals@...
  • RE: New Version of Google Talk released!

    This doesn't seem to work with Google Apps Email.

    Failure.
    joesiegler
    • RE: New Version of Google Talk released!

      Whoops. The failure was me. I didn't have my password right. D'oh!
      joesiegler