Google Gets Gaim Guy

by admin October 15, 2005 at 7:41 am

It shouldn’t be surprising that Google aggressively goes after the best talent in the business. Google’s nascent IM business is apparently no exception.

To that end, Google has hired the lead developer of the Gaim instant messaging project, one of the most popular open source projects on the planet, to help its IM development.

Sean Egan publicly broke the news on the Gaim Web site this week, revealing that he has been working in Google’s Seattle office for a month and a half on the company’s Google Talk IM application.

“Currently, I’m working on making it as easy as possible for other clients to use Google Talk’s voice features,” Egan wrote in a post.

Gaim is a multi-protocol, multi-platform instant messaging client that accesses the MSN Messenger, AOL AIM, ICQ, Yahoo, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu and Zephyr networks and runs on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.

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