Thursday, September 01, 2005

It's good to talk...

Another Google related news item while I was away was the annoucement of Google Talk, and as a lot of people predicted during the rumour mongering leading up to the new service, Google have embraced an open standard and have adopted Jabber instead of rolling their own protocol...

It looks like Russell Beattie is jealous, and who can blame him, and is talking about a Jabber to Yahoo! gateway. This would be pretty big news if he could pull it off, although there are interesting arguements why gateways like this won't succeed in the long term. Could Google driven adoption mean that Jabber/XMPP is the next SMTP? Are we finally going to see the end of the confusing mix of instant messaging standards?

Matt Croydon was in at the start and is cautiously optimistic about things. But no matter what happens, the reaction of the competition should be interesting...