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Google Voice may hit your desktop soon, as a Skype competitor

According to Mike Arrington at TechCrunch, Google has begun testing a Skype-like Google Voice desktop app. The new app uses VoIP technology that was acquired by Google when it bought out Gizmo5 late last year. That means you could soon be taking calls to your Google Voice number, right on your desktop.

It's only an internal test so far, so there's no public beta to download. If TechCrunch's sources are accurate, though, this will unchain Google Voice numbers from physical phones. You'll be able to use your Google number the same way that people use SkypeIn numbers now: you won't have to have an actual phone, but you can receive any kind of incoming call on your desktop. This could be the coolest thing to happen to phone calls since Google Voice itself.

Ed. note: Our own Google sources have confirmed this as well, saying "We're looking at a full, free, VOIP/SMS desktop client...It's amazing."

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