Google Talk and Gmail will now be completely interoperable with AIM – AOL's instant messaging service.
Facebook has opened up Facebook Chat to allow it to be integrated into a number of other popular desktop and mobile instant messaging clients, expanding the functionality of its social network to its 400 million members.
Following the earlier news that Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger is ten years old, analysts and industry experts are debating whether or not the use of IM in the workplace is a force for good.
While the Apple iPhone has a whole raft of instant messaging apps, the problem to date has largely been down to the amount of battery power chewed up by having such software open on your iPhone.
Brando's new four-in-one webcam/microphone/light/fan is the perfect bit of desktop kit for those hot and sweaty summer days in the office.