Google’s Gtalk is a bit confusing right now. Some features which are available on the web client (read Gmail) aren’t available on the Desktop Client. You can’t be invisible and receive files from your friend!
You can’t talk to your friend and have a group chat at the same time! It’s ridiculous.
I wonder if people use Gtalk only because it logs you on automatically when you check your mails on Gmail!
Though I like the web based client, the desktop client never ceases to irritate me.
1. Show current music track –
If I try to set my status message to ‘Show current music track’. It crashes! I know it doesn’t happen to everyone, but I know a lot of folks who are facing the same nuisance. This happens if you are using a Media Player which is not Windows Media Player, iTunes or Winamp (with some tweaks).
2. Sending a receiving files
If am logged on to the web client and on to the Desktop client at the same time. I cannot receive files! Closing the Gmail window doesn’t help too. This is highly irritating, and is miraculously solved when I relogin in the desktop client. So much for ease of use!
3. Group chat
People who have been using the Desktop Client only will not have an idea what I am talking about. It’s true you can have a Group chat in Gtalk, but it’s only using the web client. You get an invitation to join a conference and the group chat opens in a new chat window. It’s quite useful sometimes, but why not have it in the desktop client!!
4.Enable Video chat in desktop edition
Google had recently introduced Video chat on the web client, but not on the desktop client! Weird… It should have been the other way round
5. Organize Contacts –
I wonder why this never occurred to Google. The labels feature in Gmail is very creative, why not create a similar thing for contacts. I hate to see a long list of contacts in Gtalk. Yahoo and Live Messenger have had similar feature since a very long time. Why hasn’t Google given much thought towards it?
I agree it fairs high on the ease of use and simplicity aspects, but add a little more productivity to this and this will one day become one of the best IMs.
6. Set as Invisible –
This was a killer feature when it was first introduced in other Instant Messengers. Again, this feature is available in the browser edition of gtalk but sadly not in the client application. Yahoo actually goes a step further where in you can appear invisible (kinda oxymoron :P) to select few of your friends.
7. Rich Text Format text area –
RTF allows you to express yourself better. Again, most other IMs have it, why not Gtalk?
Do you have any feature in mind which could enrich your experience with Gtalk? Discuss in the comments section.