These days most of us can’t get away with using just one instant messenger. You have a few contacts that you talk to on Messenger, a few on Google Talk, a handful on AIM, etc., and so it’s impossible to use just one. I’ve always wondered why the different services didn’t get their act together to offer a single service that worked with all of the other services, but they haven’t.  Sure there’s Trillian, but you still have to sign in to all of the services that you use separately.  Things might be about to change in the near future though.  According to LiveSide, Microsoft has been able to get Windows Live Messenger 9 which is currently in private testing, to communicate with Google Talk.




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Of course Google Talk and Messenger aren’t the only two services that people use, and so the team at Microsoft is working on a solution for incorporating AIM and ICQ too. Given that Windows Live Messenger 8 and Yahoo Messenger already work together, it would certainly be nice to see it working with other services as well.  Wouldn’t it be great to open up one service that worked with all of them? We can expect to see Windows Live Messenger 9 sometime in late 08′ or early 09′ and now I can’t wait…