Google Merges Gmail with Talk


Cnet reports that Google is merging its Google Talk with Gmail to form Gmail Chat.

The application’s Quick Contacts list is synchronized with a user’s Google Talk friends list and automatically displays the people a user communicates with most frequently and shows their online status. Clicking on a contact listed as being online opens a chat window in the browsers.

The application lets users save their chat history for easy searching later and click an “off the record” option so that no conversation with that person going forward is saved by either party until they choose to go back on the record.

That’s great, but when will I get an option that allows me to view my Gmail the same way every other email client does? Until then, I’ll only ever see Gmail through Outlook.