Google Launches Open, Instant Communications Service

Google Talk Enables Free Calling and IM for Gmail Users

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – August 24, 2005 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today launched Google Talk, a downloadable Windows application from Google that enables Gmail users to quickly and easily talk or IM with their friends for free. Google is focused on developing innovative technologies that enhance people’s lives, and Google Talk encourages and simplifies instant communication across the web.

"At Google, we’re continually investing in areas where we can make technological change, and we recognize the importance of efficient instant communications and information exchange," said Georges Harik, director, Product Management, Google Inc. "Google Talk further enriches our users’ communications experience, whether they choose to communicate via email, IM, or a call."

Google Talk

Google Talk was developed to make it faster and easier for people to connect to the information they need. Key features include:

  • Superior voice quality through just a computer microphone and speaker
  • Simple and intuitive user interface – no clutter, pop-ups or ads
  • Shared Gmail contacts list so there’s no need to maintain different contacts lists

Gmail users can download Google Talk by visiting Once they download the application, they can begin inviting others by clicking "Add friend" from the Google Talk interface. Those invited to Google Talk will also receive a free Gmail account, if they do not currently have one.

Open Communications Model

Google believes that users should have a choice in what applications they use for communication. Built to support industry standards, Google Talk enables Google users to connect to the Google Talk service and exchange IMs using any client that does the same, including Trillian, Adium, iChat, GAIM, and Psi.

The company is also committed to working with other service providers to create a federation model that enables users on any member network to talk to users on any other member network in a secure and abuse-free manner. Google is currently working with EarthLink to federate with their Vling communications service and with Sipphone on federating their Gizmo Project.

Greater Availability of Gmail

Google Talk requires a Gmail username and password, and starting today, Google is making it easier for anyone in the U.S. with access to a mobile phone to sign up for a Gmail account. When users visit and enter their mobile phone number, they will receive an invitation code via a text message. This code enables them to open an account. With a Gmail account, users can try both Gmail and Google Talk, and begin inviting their friends and family to talk with them for free over email, IM or a voice call.

About Google Inc.

Google’s innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google’s targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit

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