One of the popular IM services offered by Google, Google Talk, has reached it’s evening of life, says Google. And with that we’ll see Google Talk go down in history as one of those IMs which came and went by, but leaving its mark.
Google Talk, popular to users as GTalk or GChat, was released on August 2005 as an XMPP based text and voice chat client for Microsoft Windows. The support was later expanded to all major desktop and mobile operating systems. And being XMPP based, GTalk could be integrated with any other XMPP based chat clients. It also supported video calling using a browser plugin.
The void created by Google Talk would be filled by younger brother, Google Hangouts. Android Central earlier reported that Google’s Product Manager for Google Voice and Hangouts, Mayur Kamat, said, “For some time now, our team has shared that we plan to focus our efforts on Hangouts. The Google Talk app for Windows will be deprecated on February 23, 2015. This will allow us to focus on bringing you the most robust and expressive communications experience with Google Hangouts.”. Google Talk scrapping was already signalled last year when its download page was replaced with Google Hangout’s download. So the solution to a GTalk-less world is to use Hangouts.
As of now, GTalk is a more popular IM service and Google is forcing users to switch to Hangouts. And because even after spending a 100 years in the software market it is impossible to predict how end users will respond, will all GTalk users move on to Hangouts or use a rival app is not clear. Plus Hangouts is far behind other messaging services like Facebook Messenger and Skype, Google may even some considerable chunks of users in the transition.