Since some time now, the Google Talk* desktop client is officially worse than the web-based chat; the only problem I had last time I used the web-based client was a lack of “... is typing” messages, but either this was a temporary bug on my end, or it has now also been added to the gadget feature list (as it works now). Ionut Alex. Chitu makes a bet though that “we’ll see a major new [Google Talk] release in the coming weeks that will add all the new features from the web version, phone calls and more.” Admittedly, there’s little need to have an additional Google instant messenger that needs installation, when the Flash-based web version can be just as good.
[Thanks Henrique Gusso, Dominik and Andreas!]
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