Saturday, February 20, 2010

Connecting to MSN using Google Talk / being online with msn/live account on Google Talk

Is there a built in option in Google Talk to connect MSN/Yahoo/Jabber?

So how do we connect them through?
We need to do a little hack. This is possible because Google Talk is built on xmpp (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol). If an xmpp server connects yahoo/msn/facebook chat etc as an intermediate wth Google Talk that works fine. But there is no option to manage xmpp/jabber accounts in Google Talk. So to make things work we will use a good xmpp client software named PSI.
  • Download it from sourceforge project link given below:

    Or download directly version 0.14 from here.

    Now run PSI.

  • Click General Menu and then account setup. A dialogbox like one shown in the image below will appear.

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  • Another dialogbox will appear.

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    Click Add. Give a name of the account for example “Google Talk”.

    Click add

  • Type your gmail address in jabber id box and gmail password in the password box. And check all tick-boxes beneath. Remember you will use this gmail account to sign in using Google Talk after we are done.

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    Click save. Click close.

  • The account will be added and displayed in the PSI roaster(Main window). Right click the account and set the status as online.

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    Your gmail/google account will be online within seconds.
The magic part starts here.
  • Right click your account. Click service discovery.

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  • A new window will open usually with 2 error dialog boxes. Eliminate them clicking ok. Now on address box type one of the following addresses of msn transports.
     [Last checked: February 2010]

    and then hit enter.

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  • A list of transports will be displayed on the window. Right click one of the msn transports on that list. If the register option is grayed try the next msn transport.

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  • A login dialog box will be opened. Give your hotmail or msn live full email address on the username box and respective password on password box. And then click register.

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  • A registration successful box can appear. Just click ok. Close service discovery window. On PSI main window msn account will be added.

  • Meanwhile some notifications will come. Click on the text on the bottom saying 1(can be more) event received. Notification window will open.

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  • Click add/auth and then close. You have to confirm addition of your friend list same way from event notifications as they will be displayed automatically.

Now you are online on live id/hotmail and google talk same time. Just quit PSI and start google talk you will see your msn/live friends on Google Talk. As you are done you can uninstall PSI if you wish but you might want to keep to play with it more.

For help with setting up yahoo/facebook/jabber etc accounts on Google Talk follow here.

Related Links
      List of xmpp servers

      Google Talk News

      Google Talk Download


  1. Onek jamelar kaj. Kintu file share kora jay na too.

  2. Where is the trouble? It's all done after setting up once. File sharing depends on the transports if they have ported it successfully.

    To enjoy all the features you have to wait until interoperability agreement between Google & Microsoft is in action.

    Or use trillian.

  3. You may want to UPDATE this page as there are new additional options