Over at Inside Microsoft, this headline popped out "Live Messenger Now Integrating with Everybody ", with link to Mashable "Google Talk and Windows Live Messenger 9 Get Friendly". It seems all of the IM programs are finally realizing what users have known all along: There’s just too many of them.:
Apparently Microsoft has succeeded in getting Live Messenger 9 (currently in private testing) to communicate with Google Talk, and they are working on integration with AIM and ICQ also. Seeing as how Live Messenger 8 already talks with Yahoo Messenger, we could be getting very close to a polished, officially released, messenger hub.
You have to wonder what has taken so long for the companies to get with doing this. Trillian has been out for what seems like eons, and while it doesn’t talk from one IM to the other, it at least combines everything to take up less memory. I for one am thrilled to see the IM programs finally working with one another as I’m tired of having all of them open every day!
Now because we're involved in the beta, we can't tell you what is included in the Windows Live Messenger 9 beta, but we can tell you that GTalk integration with the current beta is news to us. Time to follow some more links, this time from Mashable to something called DoctorTomorrow Online, and "Google Talk in Windows Messenger 9! (Dec 22)". Except of course its the October 31st article on some news from a Georgia Tech presentation, where we reported, in part:
Microsoft, MSN, Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, AIM, GTalk, Google Talk, IM, ICQ, Trillian, WLM, Interoperability
Internal builds are already at WLM 9 and includes many of the API components. They have a team working on multi-person audio/video chat for WLM that may or may not be in 9, but should be in by 10. They are also trying to work out a way for WLM users to chat with AIM/GTalk/ICQ users like the way Yahoo! works now, and they have an internal version that works with GTalk already (but very basic).[Liveside]