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iChat and chatting networks

iChat works w/ .mac, AIM, and jabber.  Gmail chat works though the jabber network.  no other networks are supported.  i really like the iChat interface, but the ability to video conference still does not work across networks.  that means if i want to video conference w/ AIM, i need an AIM client; same for Yahoo and MSN.  Skype is also obviously standalone.  it would be so nice if i could do video chats w/ a Yahoo buddy while using AIM through iChat.  in fact, it would first just be nice to be able to chat w/ a Yahoo buddy through iChat.  there are other clients that provide multi-network accessibility, such as the wonderful Adium.  there are also websites that provide the same service right w/in the browser, such as Meebo.  but none of them allow of video yet.  so as it stands, video remains a cool feature but rarely used.

to fix that, it would be great if Apple would configure iChat such that people could write plugins to allow connection to other networks and additional features.  maybe it is configured in such a way and nobody’s stepped up for all i know (knowing the Mac community, i doubt that’s the case).  Google Talk is open network – anybody can connect to their network assuming they use the same protocol.  so add a Google Talk module to iChat – in fact, considering the strengthening Apple/Google alliance, i’d be surprised if such connectivity did not appear pretty soon.  anyway, the ultimate point of this rant is to open iChat to all the chatting networks and to develop inter-network video connectivity.

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  1. johnny
    November 12, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Greetings Kenny,

    Thanks for shedding some light on this subject.
    Hopefully Steve gets the message too ?
    Heres hoping
    regards John

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