Google Hangouts is now available through the browser, meaning you don't need to download an app, install an extension or open Gmail to start chatting.
Popular mobile messaging service LINE launches an official Chrome App, making its service readily available on Chromebooks and desktop PCs.
Google has updated the desktop Hangouts app with a brand new look.
I love the "new" Google Hangouts Chrome App launched back in October. It's arguably the best way to experience Hangouts on a Chromebook, and looks the business on Windows, too.
Using Google Hangouts on your desktop, laptop and Chromebook just got seriously cool, with the release of a brand new Chrome App for Windows and Chrome OS.
The Google+ Hangouts plugin is longer needed for video and voice chat to function in Chrome, as Google continues to dial back reliance on NPAPI plugins.
If you don't yet have Hangouts in Gmail but want it, here's how to manually turn it on.