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Brief: Google Adds Chat To Gmail

Google on Thursday incorporated instant messaging into its Web mail, making it possible to immediately chat with an e-mail sender.

Google on Thursday incorporated instant messaging into its Web mail, making it possible to immediately chat with an email sender.

The new feature also makes it possible to add IM conversations to the thread Gmail automatically creates for all email sent and received on a particular topic, the Mountain View, Calif., search engine said in its company blog.

In receiving an email, a "reply by chat" button would appear next to where a user would click on "reply" or "forward." The chat button could only be used when the sender is online and available to chat, and is on the recipient's buddy list for Google Talk, the company's IM network.

Gmail is currently in beta to a limited number of users.

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