This week, Google Talk, the 2005 instant messaging program that has been dormant for years, will be permanently discontinued.
In an effort to compete with services like Skype and MSN, Google Talk was first offered in 2005 as a way for Gmail users to speak with one another via instant messaging. Google eventually urged the majority of Google Talk users to transition to Hangouts in 2012, despite the fact that it remained popular for a couple of years.
The Google Talk apps for PC and Android were discontinued between 2015 and 2017, effectively putting an end to the service. To interact with XMPP/Jabber clients like Pidgin and Gajim, Google had previously set up connectors for Google Talk, and these have persisted throughout the past few years.
As mentioned by Android Police , the Google Talk support page has been modified to reflect the termination of this XMPP support on June 16, 2022. The ability for chats to be federated across messaging platforms was disabled as part of the XMPP support’s 2017 shutdown, but 1:1 chat between Hangouts users will still function.
Oddly, the support website quotes Google’s original Google-Talk-to-Hangouts migration post and claims that this week’s shutdown has already been notified. Using that page, however, no timetable was provided for the termination of 1:1 talks between Google Talk/Hangouts users on third-party applications like Pidgin. Given this, it seems a little cruel to just give people a few days to switch apps.
After Google Talk’s final shutdown on Thursday, users of Pidgin and Gajim will start experiencing sign-in issues. You should make plans to either start using Google Chat, the replacement for Hangouts, or migrate to another chat service by June 16 to avoid these mistakes. In the latter scenario, Google’s Takeout export tool allows you to retrieve your message history from Google Talk, Hangouts, and Google Chat.