Microsoft adds Google Talk support to Outlook.com

Those of you who have Gmail and love the Gchat feature will likely state that this is one of the reasons that you have stuck with the email client. Google's chat integration is widely used among Gmail users and Microsoft knew this would be one of the reasons users might hold-out on switching to Outlook.com.

If you found yourself saying, "If only Outlook.com had Gchat support, I would switch", well, today is that day as Microsoft has stated that Outlook.com is getting Gchat support and it is rolling out to the platform as we speak and should arrive on your account in the next few days.

This is surely a welcomed addition to the platform and should help convince a few more users to finally drop Gmail in favor of Microsoft's new email platform. Outlook.com has been growing steadily since its announcement last July and when you add in all the Hotmail converts, the service has more than 400 million active accounts.

It's clear the Outlook.com is working at a rapid pace to deliver new features as the past few weeks we have seen quite a few updates from the service make their way into the production platform including a new calendar, new Android app, deeper Skydrive integration, SMTP send and more.

We will be curious to see how long Microsoft can sustain these updates flowing to the platform because if they keep adding features at the current pace, Outlook.com will continue to distance itself from all other services on the web and offer the best-in-class service.

Source: Microsoft

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techbeck said,
Dont care. I dont use any chat programs anymore.

Well, you took the time to write your comment, so you do care... If you don't care, you don't read and comment.

elangab said,

Well, you took the time to write your comment, so you do care... If you don't care, you don't read and comment.

Whatever you say...

j2006 said,
Nice to know. I can see why.

Oh please enlighten to me why you think/know I dont use chat programs anymore. Or are you just trolling

techbeck said,

Oh please enlighten to me why you think/know I dont use chat programs anymore. Or are you just trolling


How is that trolling? And I'm implying I can see why by your self-centered comment for this article. Just because you don't care and that you don't use chat programs anymore. TONS of people do care about IM and this only encourages more people to use outlook.com with it's cross-platform abilities.

j2006 said,

How is that trolling? And I'm implying I can see why by your self-centered comment for this article.

I asked if you were trolling since you were vague in your response. And self centered for not using something and giving my opinion? OP said this is a reason for some to switch and I gave my opinion that I dont use chat and thus saying I will not switch. But whatever you want to think go right ahead.

Google use a open Standard (XMPP) for gtalk and MS add it too Outlook.com, okay, but can Google add Skype to GMail, no. I would be not very surprised if MS removed GTalk, sooner or later, again.

Skype has so many flaws in the whole design that the messages sometimes don't get delivered for hours and hours once you have more than one device connected or your device keeps losing the Connection because you're traveling through tunnels and out in the middle of nowhere.
They should adopt XMPP and just add their own compression methods for their own audio and video chat. But keep it compatible with the standard put up by the Foundation behind XMPP.
Google has added proprietary voice chat but still maintains full XMPP compatability through the rest of the software.

I hope this is a sign of things to come for Windows Phone! Google Talk is one of those few services I really want. Right now I use a third party IM app (IM+ Pro) and while it works well most of the time integration right into the messaging app would be awesome.

Nice addition for sure. I still want to be able to assign images to my contacts before I can consider leaving GMail.

Good news indeed. It's the reason why I stick with Gmail. All of my course-mates use gtalk. Not sure if it supports notifications in Chrome.

MidnightDevil said,
Interesting move.... I didn't notice.. but I'm guessing also supports WLM ?

It supports WLM and FB iirc. Basically the same as on WP, which might mean MS could add Google Talk support into WP8 with an update.

GP007 said,

It supports WLM and FB iirc. Basically the same as on WP, which might mean MS could add Google Talk support into WP8 with an update.

That would be nice. Honestly, Microsoft hasn't added a new network in a while. I'm hoping for Yammer and Skype integration, but Google Chat and such would be nice as well (I just didn't think it was very likely). LOL

But Yammer and Skype both have messaging as well.

It supports WLM/Skype, FB and now Gtalk... love how truly cross-platform this web service... Google would never.

Indeed, this is a life saver. Previously I had to login to Gmail just to talk to mates on Gchat, now I can do it from Outlook which I prefer 10 fold over Gmail.