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Smith ran a string utility search on the binary files in the desktop application, found the protocol "googlemail://" and next to it "google_im://." He speculated that the Google email protocol could eventually help the desktop application interact with the company's free web-based search service, Gmail.
From Silicon.com - Google code hides IM secrets [software.silicon.com]
Could be interesting
There's a huge list of firewall and security software that it is incompatible with.
real mail programs like Thunderbird?
yes, or The Bat! ... The ability to search gmail.com from the desktop application is definately going to encourage me to use both services more....
Google has already said that the protocol exists only to intercept the AIM chat conversations.
I dont understand why Google would want to do this. What use does it have?