At A Glance
The new Google Talk Beta doesnt do much, but what it does, it does well. Googles long-awaited communication client offers instant messaging and Voice over IPnothing more. You wont find video conferencing, file-transfer utilities, games, search boxes, stock tickers, or any of the myriad other tools available with its three primary competitors: America Onlines AIM client, Microsofts MSN Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger. But if youre merely interested in sending instant messages and making the occasional online voice call, Google Talk is as slick, simple, and easy to use as any other Google app.