Word is, Google is going to be launching it’s own IM system, possibly as early as tomorrow (Wednesday 24th).
Rumours have been floating for a few days now.
However, we now have a little bit of grounds to base that rumour upon.
It goes to a 404. Redirects to google.com/talk
Now try something else, ie. beer.google.com.
See, nothing. Page cannot be displayed (in IE). Cannot find beer.google.com (in Firefox).
Also, the subdomain talk.google.com has it’s own dedicated IP address, which surely means it has its own server.
Why would google setup a server for a page which is just a 404, page not found?
Also, it’s apparently going to be based on the Jabber backend.
When trying to connect to ‘talk.google.com’ using Jabber, this is the output;
The SSL certificate received from the server has errors.
Certificate does not match host: /C=US/ST=CA/L=Mountain View/O=Google/OU=Buzz team/CN=gmail.com/Emailemail@example.com
Certificate fingerprint: A0:23:07:)
This server does not advertise support for in-band registration. Try to register a new account anyway?
- Disconnected. -
So that pretty much confirms it.
They even have a Jabber server running on the subdomain ‘talk.google.com’
Yay! Google IM!
Watch this space!