Google has updated the chat function in its iGoogle and Orkut services to allow users to send files directly through the programs.
Google software engineer Bruce Leban said in a blog post that the new functionality allows users to share pictures, documents and other files without the need to switch to email to send files as attachments.
"File transfer works directly in the browser, so you don't need to install anything. Just start a conversation with a friend and click 'Send a file' in the 'Actions' menu. After you select a file, your friend will be asked if they want to accept the transfer," he said.
The new feature will also give home and office workers the ability to send files quickly and easily without affecting inbox email limits.
Leban confirmed that Google is working to bring the same file transfer functionality to Gmail in the coming months.
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