When Google announced their purchase of a 5% stake in AOL, part of the deal was to have AIM share contacts with Google Talk. Ionut thinks 2007 will be the year this happens via an XMPP gateway AOL appears to be developing. His prediction comes from a comment made by Justin Uberti -- a Google employee who worked on AIM for many years.
"I've seen a number of comments on the web regarding the previously announced interoperability plans between AIM and Google Talk, especially as the one-year anniversary of the announcement came up at the end of December. Nothing yet has made it into the hands of users, leading some to wonder whether it is actually going to happen. (...)
On the Google side, I can simply refer to our official statement, and give our stock answer, "We are working actively on integrating AIM access in Google Talk." (...) AOL also appears to be working on an XMPP gateway for AIM, which would allow XMPP/Jabber clients to access the AIM network using AIM screen names. Based on the public information, it looks like this should be available in the near future.
One way or another, looks like 2007 is shaping up to be an exciting year."