Gmail has announced that it is integrating its IM facility, Talk, into Gmail’s web-based interface.
Users can now see when their Talk buddies are online, save transcripts of their chats as if they were emails and initiate chats with one click, all from the browser interface.
The transition will occur “over the next few weeks” and according to MacWorld will be limited to users of the US English language interface.
Gmail has released an annotated screenshot of the new interface for those who are still waiting:
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Of course, Mail.app users already enjoy integration with iChat and the ability to email themselves transcripts of their chats automatically using Chatalog, but many are welcoming this as “the next logical step in web-based mail” (so the Radioactive Yak ).Gmail, Talk, chat, ichat, web interface, Chatalog, Web 2.0, transcripts, IM, contacts
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