Looking forward to the interoperability with Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live, Google Talk and Jabber. If I wanted to, I could call Yahoo! Messenger users for free in France, Spain, and other locations. I know people in France, but I don't speak the language. I've never been to Spain but I kinda like the music.
Actually more than kinda, but that's for another post.
But the real competitive issue here is multi-user chat capabilities, which Gizmo claims makes it easy for groups to communicate in real time.
This capability is enabled via a tabbed chat interface, and complete chat logging, which gives users the ability to autosave save and re-read any number of chat sessions.
Now here's why this is important. Another blog publisher I am affiliated with is insisting that we use Internet Relay Chat for a 20-participant online briefing scheduled for this evening. I've tried to use IRC once and was befuddled. Publisher just pushed through an IRC tutorial earlier this week, but I don't find the instructions too clear.
The problem is that in many quarters, there is an institutional bias toward using instant messaging programs in lieu of IRC chats. The bias, I believe, comes from the potential conversational interruptiness (channeling Colbert here) of IM clients, and the perception that IRC is so much more orderly. But if Gizmo really has solved this problem, well, I am here to preach the word.