Google : Taking over the Web?

Google has just released it’s newest product, the Google IM client, christened Google Talk. It is supposedly based on the Jabber instant messaging protocol and can be used with other IM clients like Aim, Y! and MSN Messenger.

The catch for using the service is you need to have a gmail account. Now, those people who have gmail accounts can start using the service and invite others to use it. If they dont have a gmail account themselves, then google will invite them.
With this release, I am sure the other IM heavyweights like AOL, Yahoo and Microsoft will be running for cover.

The next application by Google is the Google Desktop. From it’s about page:

What does Google Desktop do?

With Google Desktop, you can easily find personalized info from the web with Sidebar and search the full text of your email, files, chats and web history with Quick Find. You can you can search:

* Email from Gmail, Outlook 2000+, Outlook Express 5+, Netscape Mail 7.1+, Mozilla Mail 1.4+ and Thunderbird
* Files on your computer, including text, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, PDF, MP3, image, audio, and video files. You can even search your media files by meta-tag: for instance, by artist name and song title, not just the file name.
* Web pages you’ve viewed using Internet Explorer 5+, Netscape 7.1+, Mozilla 1.4+ and Firefox.
* Chats from AOL 7+, AOL Instant Messenger 5+, and MSN Messenger

This is the next step to GooOS as anticipated by Jason Kottke in this very informative but speculative article

Looks like Google is all set to takeover the web. With the anticipated Google web browser in the offing, their position will only grow stronger. To add to the fact, rumor has it that it might be based on the Mozilla Firefox browser. So these two heavyweights combined are sure to challenge Internet Explorer’s dominance as the browser of choice.

Ps. Those of you who do not have gmail accounts, leave a comment and I will send you an invite. I have about 250-300 invites to hand out.

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