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Directly from Gmail's integrated chat feature, is it possible to chat with Windows Live Hotmail contacts? I already added them, of course, but they don't show up in the chat thing.

I googled it and some old stuff about a Jabber client came up, but it is kind of outdated.

Any help is appreciated.

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No you cant. Windows Live uses MSN Messenger, not Jabber. The chat on the Gmail interface can interface to AIM, but not MSN.

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It has to do with protocols. There isn't a "chat" protocol that, like HTML, is used for all chat programs.

Google Chat works with the systems it is designed to work with, which are Google and AIM. MSN messenger (I guess it's probably Windows Live Messenger now) works with the systems it is designed to work with, which do not include Google Chat or AIM.

Using a multi protocol client such as Pigdin, (which I've used extensively), or something else still requires you have accounts for each of the clients you wish to work with. For instance, if you only have a Google Chat account and create a Meebo account you'll only be able to communicate with your Google Chat friends. Setting up a Windows Live account and adding that account to your Meebo setup will then allow you to communicate with Windows Live contacts in the same interface as the Google Chat (the Meebo interface) but that's only because the interface hides the fact you're still dealing with totally and completely seperate and different systems.

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you can use an client application such as Nimbuzz or Fring that support multi-network Or you can use some web one such as

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You can use a Jabber transport to connect to MSN users (with some service limitations) as mentioned in

Since this announcement, it should also not be an impossibility to communicate directly with MSN contacts through XMPP (though Microsoft is as usual not really following "standards", as per what developers of e.g. BitlBee say) and thus Google Talk. I have not seen any direct Google Talk guides using this, though (and personally I solve it with the before mentioned BitlBee). See the earlier linked Microsoft developers' blog for more info.

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