Future of IM: interoperability or actual openness?
Google IM working right now
Pidgin is a free, open source IM client.
A few links from CNET Live Ep. 3
Webware 100 winner: Pidgin
Google Talk do's and don'ts
The "Gutsy Gibbon" version of Linux, a.k.a. 7.10, has all the applications most Windows users will need, but its spotty support for wireless adapters limits your networking options.
Google's IM client is bare-bones, though it lets Gmail users chat by text and voice for free.
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Only a few years ago, Internet companies were lining up to join forces against the Redmond empire. Is it possible that Microsoft is now employing the same tactic against Google?