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Rumor: Google May Connect to Other IM Networks With Jabber Transports

GoogletransportsscreenshotI just got the scoop from Josep about a new discovery by the guys at the Google Operating System Website about some new features that seem to be coming to a Google near you. They have been looking at the code of the newly released Gmail 2.0 and have discovered some interesting things.

* colors for labels

* detaching messages from a conversation

* Jabber transports (these could be used to chat with people from other IM networks, like Yahoo, MSN, AIM). You could already use these transports to connect Google Talk with other IM networks, but you have to use a third-party server and another IM client to configure the transports. Being able to chat with people from other networks, which are much more popular than Google Talk, will make Google’s instant messenger more useful.

They also point out that the new contacts manager in Gmail 2.0 now allows you to store the screennames of your contacts on multiple IM networks. I would highly recommend reading this post on their blog. I really hope this rumor pans out!

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