Google is opening its Voice service to work within a Gmail window according to reports. An announcement tomorrow is too much of a coincidence.
One: Google is having a press event tomorrow morning to unveil something exciting. We don't know what.
Two: Users of Gmail are starting to see some exciting little extras in their Gmail chat windows. Google Voice is now a web app.
Normally, you see something like this:
That will soon change. CNET has posted what some select people are seeing in their Gmail account's chat windows:
Google had reportedly nixed their desktop Skype killer in favor of a browser-based version. Now, a petition has started for Google to release the desktop client.
Backstory: Google purchased VoIP provider Gizmo5 last year in a move which seemed to indicate that they were going to merge their Google Voice and Google Talk clients to make a Skype-like service that would be able to call traditional phone numbers.
Since that point not MORESeth Weintraub - Jul 3, 2010 11:23 AM ET
It is only a matter of time before Google's purchase of Gizmo5 turns into a VoIP service that is integrated to Google Voice. Is this the first sign of it?
The (unofficial) Google Operating System Blog has a supposed screenshot of what the Google web-based Skype-like client would look like.
It appears to be in the new web-based Talk window that is in your Gmail or iGoogle homepage.
Google purchased a company MORESeth Weintraub - Jun 10, 2010 4:40 PM ET
Google pays $68.2 million in cash for the voice and video over IP technology maker.
As part of their expansion into new technology fields, Google has recently been gobbling up companies at a voracious clip.
One area of strong acquisitions is in video and VoIP fields. Google picked up On2 last year and has been building an open source video codec called VP8 around On2's technology. The company also purchased Grand Central to become MORESeth Weintraub - May 18, 2010 11:04 AM ET
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