A Google Talk client to call your Gmail contacts for free
- PC to PC calls
- Compatible with Jabber/XMPP
- Too basic
- Little room for customization
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.
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.