Users of AIM have said that the expected integration of AIM chat and Google Talk is already working properly. Messages from AIM users can now go through and notice someone at a Gmail address. Google Talk users are also allowed to message someone’s screen name by attaching “@aol.com”. Messages skip any lag present in the network hop and also include status updates and typing notifications showing for contacts of both sides.
A previous level of integration already existed for the two services since 2007, but Google Talk users were required to sign into AIM simultaneously and support was limited. The new compatibility with AIM allows now users to talk to each other in a direct manner and there is no need for an alternate login. This is a true two-way interaction.
Any application, including third-party clients like Trillian or Pidgin and mobile applications, should now benefit from cross-network chat. Certain features like video or audio chat do not work and are not known to get interoperability very soon.