Offline messages : As you'd expect, this enables you to send messages to Google Talk friends who are offline. The messages will be delivered to your friends the next time they sign in with Google Talk or a third-party client. And when they sign in to Gmail, offline messages will be displayed as unread messages in their inbox. In Gmail, offline messages can be searched and organized -- just like instant messages in your chat history.

The guys at GoogleTalk development just don't get it and this is another example. One of the best things about Skype and in the current MSN Messenger is that you can send a message when the other party is offline and it arrives *in their* IM client when they come online. Routing messages into Gmail is not the same. Especially when you no longer need a Gmail account to run Googletalk.

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