Google on Monday was set to launch Gmail Chat, which will let users send instant messages with one click from their e-mail account, see when contacts are online and save the chat history like an e-mail message.
The application’s Quick Contacts list is synchronized with a user’s Google Talk friends list and automatically displays the people a user communicates with most frequently and shows their online status. Clicking on a contact listed as being online opens a chat window in the browsers.
The application lets users save their chat history for easy searching later and click an “off the record” option so that no conversation with that person going forward is saved by either party until they choose to go back on the record.
Gmail Chat is available on Internet Explorer 6.0 and higher and Firefox 1.0 and higher and in the U.S. English interface only.
While the chat functions of Google Talk are integrated into Gmail, users must download the Google Talk client application to make voice calls.