Gene Koprowski at eWeek – Google Prepares to Take On Microsoft on the Desktop:
Google is poised to compete with Microsoft and produce an alternate computing platform for PC users, analysts contend.
Google Inc., of Mountain View, Calif., on Monday launched a beta version of the forthcoming upgrade of its desktop search tool, and on Wednesday the company is expected to unveil a “communications tool” that is said to be a step beyond the company’s current search-related business focus.
Google Inc. is set to introduce its own instant messaging system, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday, marking the expansion by the Web search leader into text and also voice communications.
Citing unnamed sources “familiar with the service,” the Los Angeles Times said that Google’s Instant Messaging program would be called Google Talk and could be launched as early as Wednesday.
Google Talk goes beyond text-based instant messaging using a computer keyboard to let users hold voice conversations with other computer users, the newspaper quoted a source as saying.
Of course, there are other big players in IM, but Google is continuing to branch out.