Google Talk? What is this? Is Google getting in on the Internet telephony fad? Yes they are! The search giant now offers a beta version download of Google Talk at free.

Google Talk allows people to IM or make calls on the Internet utilizing a PC, speakers and microphone, again; free. The new Google application can be downloaded by anyone with Windows 2000 system or later.

Needless to say it is possible to only call or IM other folks who've saved the Google Talk software. Both parties must have a Gmail account to log onto the Google Talk messenger.

Those that don't have a Gmail account can obtain an invitation via mobile-phone. People that do not have a cell-phone will need to have someone with an account send a Gmail invitation.

Google has caused it to be fairly convenient to add individuals to the contacts list of the messenger. Invitations are sent straight from the messenger or from the user's Gmail account. To get another way of interpreting this, consider checking out: . There is no limit to the number of consumers you can have on their contact list.

With however, I chose to give Google Talk a spin myself. The UI is simple to use and understand, with Internet calling, instant messaging, email, and naturally, Google search. There are no ad's to litter the Interface, which can be stimulating.

An individual control's again are very cut and dry, it's a bit plain looking, however; this in my opinion add's to it is functionality. Besides an absence of ad's, the only thing new about that may be the fact it's from Google.

Overall, Google Talk is just a pretty good messenger. If you have a distaste for banner ad's or pop up's every time you begin your messenger, 'G' Talk should be a pleasant change of pace..