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Google Talk Gadget on your Desktop for Group Chatting etc.

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Made another video tutorial in response to a query…


Written by Nash

March 23, 2008 at 8:12 am

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  1. Hi

    You don’t need the Prism tool anymore. Just point the browser to the following URL :

    It provides a login interface and upon a successful sign in, you could basically use all the features you mentioned in your cast. I don’t know if this was the case in March, when this post was composed, but I checked it today using my Firefox browser and it worked like a breeze. I did not take a note of the Group Chat feature until I saw this in your blog. Good work.

    Another pointer to the developers reading this blog : Google is Open Sourcing a lot of their codebase and the URL for the browser based chat client is found at :

    Good work Nachiket.

    – MS

    Mithun Sridharan

    June 5, 2008 at 1:25 am

  2. Actually Mithun, while you can ofcourse access the Talk gadget in your browser, it might be a peeve to keep the browser open and use it for chatting – particularly if you are like me working on different monitors with multiple tabs open on the browser . That was the point of the cast – to be able to run the gadget without opening your browser almost like a desktop application. Essentially that is what Prism is, a XUL engine minus the extras that come with the browser.

    On a similar note, Google should be coming up with their Google Gears Project sometime soon – which will allow all Google Applications to run in an “Offline” mode as well as desktop based gadgets.

    But thanks for the comment.


    June 5, 2008 at 1:38 am

  3. Hi Nachiket,

    Okay. I guess I understand the scope better now. I’m not a big fan of thin clients too. But the world seems to go that way, grab a browser and use it everywhere. I guess this has some advantages too. Anway, check out this project :

    I’d suggest that you sign up for an account there and check the stuffs out . Its a sort of a breed between browser based OS and Sun Ray technology, its still in its infancy. Perhaps, with the right audience, this could be the future standard when enough design considerations are made on security.

    Mithun Sridharan

    June 8, 2008 at 10:43 pm

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