Google Talk

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A Google Talk client to call your Gmail contacts for free

Google Talk is an instant messaging and VoIP service developed by Google. This client lets you to log in to the service to chat and hold video-conferences with your friends from the Windows desktop. View full description

PROS

  • Minimalist
  • PC to PC calls
  • Compatible with Jabber/XMPP

CONS

  • Too basic
  • Little room for customization

Good
7

Google Talk is an instant messaging and VoIP service developed by Google. This client lets you to log in to the service to chat and hold video-conferences with your friends from the Windows desktop.

Call your Gmail contacts

Google Talk is more than just a regular chat: you can also make free PC to PC VoIP calls, and even leave voice messages like an answering machine. If your contacts are also using the Google Talk client, you can send files too. Google Talk is a pure and simple instant messaging service, so forget about the smileys on Skype or the stickers on LINE.

You can also check your Gmail with a quick access button in the main window. It's quite handy, especially since you are notified of every new email you receive.

The set-up is easy and the configuration settings are basic and simple, including automatic start-up when starting Windows, a display of the contact list, and chat history. You'll also be able to manage blocked contacts, notifications, connection via proxy, audio settings, and the appearance of the chat window.

Google Talk uses the Jabber/XMPP open protocol, which means you can also use clients like Pidgin, Miranda, Psi or Trillian.

An old but simple interface

Since the development of Google Talk was interrupted in 2007, its interface looks quite old compared to its competitors (Skype, Facebook Messenger, and LINE). Its simplicity, however, is one of its best features: the main window only displays your contacts –which you can arrange as you like– as well as a few links to access the settings, your inbox, and the Help page. You can also resize the chat windows to make use of as much space on your screen as you want.

A client replaced by Google+ Hangouts

When Google+ Hangouts. was released, Google Talk was made redundant. The service, however, is still working, and with this client, you’ll be able to chat with your Google contacts like the good old days.

Google Talk supports the following formats

Pidgin, Miranda, Psi, Trillian

— User reviews — about Google Talk

  • WaynMan

    by WaynMan

    "I hope google talk never end"

    Great and interesting not like the others app,you can chat with friends around the world with just one click. More.

    reviewed on October 27, 2016

  • neofirez

    by neofirez

    "a very good ex Google App"

    a very good program which Google should not have discarded... Google would pay the price of too much modernism & nov... More.

    reviewed on May 23, 2015

  • zarejascarkralovski

    by zarejascarkralovski

    "Good One"

    "nice chat program...Simple & friendly use" good work developers :] and some interesting opti... More.

    reviewed on April 9, 2015

  • "Google talk was Hero but hangouts is Zero"

    Hangouts is nothing with respect to Google talk. 10/10 for Google talk :) 1/10 for Hangouts :(. More.

    reviewed on March 18, 2015

  • "yes i can"

    iam interisting google talk to my bussines, and good to my company . More.

    reviewed on March 17, 2015

  • mimisein

    by mimisein

    "Useful"

    very very useful but i lost it ,and i want get it back, my family is far way from me,. More.

    reviewed on March 8, 2015