- Chat with your Google Talk contacts in real time. Send and receive instant messages in chat sessions with your contacts.
- View and search for your Google Talk contacts. See the availability and status message of your contacts and change your own status on the go.
- Go off the record if you don't want to store your chats. Off the record chats are not stored on Gmail.
The appeal of these web-based clients, however, are coming to a close. With the release of the App Store next week, we expect to see multiple versions of instant messaging to become available as native applications for the iPhone.