The Google Blog just announced that you no longer need to have a GMail account just to use Google Talk. Users will have to sign up and register their email address but after that it is smooth sailing.
You may think that this isn’t that beneficial because most people who are willing to use Google Talk already have a GMail account. I really like that they did this because several of my friends are stuck using Hotmail or Yahoo (for some reason) and when I do voice chat Google Talk seems to be the clearest. Now maybe my friends won’t care so much about signing up for Google Talk.
Here are some of the things that you can do with Google Talk:
- now anyone can use the service (Gmail accounts no longer required)
- free and crystal clear voice calls to your friends and family anywhere in the world
- transfer files and folders to others
- free voicemail messages (MEEP!)
- IM from your BlackBerry
One other feature that I would like to see integrated into Google Talk is letting you simultaneously login with multiple accounts. That way I could pick and choose which email I give to people so that I can easily separate people into multiple groups. If I don’t want to talk to one group then I can logout of only that one. It is just an idea but I think it would be particularly useful now that people can use any valid email address.
Thanks Curtiss and Radu for the tip!