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    Google takes aim at chat rivals

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    Google is to integrate its popular e-mail service with instant messaging, allowing users to chat and send e-mails from the same web browser window.
    The company hopes the new feature, known as Gmail Chat, will attract users by offering instant messaging without having to use a separate program.

    Google's Gmail service has grown steadily since 2004

    Google's existing chat service lags behind rivals AOL, Yahoo and Microsoft.

    The new facility will be visible to existing subscribers from within Google's Gmail browser window.

    People will only be able to start conversations with fellow Gmail account holders, or those contacts using services compatible with Google's messaging facilities.

    They include US-based Earthlink, the Jabber.org network and e-mail providers in the Philippines, China and Italy.

    Quick changes

    Some Gmail subscribers would begin to see the changes instantly as the service was rolled out on 7 February, the company said.

    We are breaking down some of the artificial barriers between e-mail and web browsing

    Salar Kamangar
    Google vice-president
    They include a Quick Contacts list that displays the contact the user communicates with most often.

    The new service offers messaging services within a dedicated portion of the Gmail browser window.

    Conversations can also be archived, although this feature can be turned off.

    All subscribers would be able to use Gmail Chat within two to three weeks, the company said.

    "We are breaking down some of the artificial barriers between e-mail and web browsing," said Salar Kamangar, a Google vice-president.

    "We observed by talking with our users that there is no reason to think of IM [instant messaging] as different from an e-mail message."


    Analysts suggested the move is designed to steer Gmail users towards the company's six-month-old Google Talk service.

    Google Talk enables Google account holders to hold voice conversations using the internet on any machine equipped with a microphone and speakers.

    It also currently serves as Google's main instant messaging client.

    "This is training wheels for Google Talk. It is a way to introduce a broader population to instant messaging and give them exposure to Google Talk," Greg Sterling of Kelsey Group told the Reuters news agency.

    Gmail was launched in 2004 and is still technically at an experimental beta stage.

    However, users are now allowed to invite an almost unlimited number of people to join the service, which generates cash by targeting advertising to the individual user.

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    Re: Google takes aim at chat rivals

    Asalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa BAraakatu,

    I love Googles Gmail and their instant messenger. Gmail is the best email you can use. many people complain about Gmail so called reading through emails to show advertising but its electronically done. and Yahoo and Aol does it as well they are just not open about it. And their Messenger service mainly the voice calls are clear as day I rarely have a problem with it.....I think that if google "plays" their cards right they will be one of the best..
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    So why is it that you cant see?
    There is not much difference between you and me

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    Re: Google takes aim at chat rivals

    I hate the organization of Gmail. The whole "conversation" thing has got to go.

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