One of Google Voice's many cool features, was its ability to call the Gizmo5 soft phone. Using Gizmo5 I could take calls on my computer much as you can with Skype. With the calls originating from Google Voice, there was no cost for incoming or outgoing calls. Technically, they were all incoming calls since Google Voice called Gizmo5.
When Google bought Gizmo we all started the wait for a Google branded Gizmo soft phone. TechCurnch reported a while back that Google was testing one internally (Google calls it dogfooding, as in to eat your own dog food).
With it, you can type in the number or choose your contact on the app and it invoked Google Voice to place the call.
TechCrunch also reported that the project was on hold, and maybe even likely to be killed. Apparently Google Founders do not want them developing software that runs outside the browser. Hello! Google distributes Google Earth, Picasa, and SketchUp. All apps that run outside the browser.
Please Google, go one more and send us Google Voice Desktop.
Today, TechCrunch has a video of the app running.