Is there any way to run Google Chat from within Thunderbird?
This would be a very useful feature. Saves me the hassle of having to open Gmail on a browser.
did you give Spicebird a run or did you find another way? Let us know what you decided for and how it went!
I guess Spicebird is what you need.
There doesn't seem to be a way to do that just yet. I checked the add-ons gallery too and there's nothing. Perhaps that's why, Spicebird (open source email client based on Thunderbird) has added a functionality where you can do just that...chat with friends on services like Yahoo, Google Talk, AIM, ICQ and Jabber.
Also, read our coverage on Spicebird at the following links:
Spicebird – An Email Client That Integrates A Calendar, Chat & iGoogle
Does Spicebird Really Blow Thunderbird Out Of The Water?