Hangouts

Hangouts for Windows

Google's platform for instant messaging and videoconferencing

Hangouts is the instant messaging and videoconferencing service from Google. It can be accessed through Google+, Gmail and mobile apps for iOS and Android, as well as from a Chrome extension that lets you chat with your contacts directly from the Windows desktop.

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PROS

  • Simple and minimalist interface
  • Video calls to multiple people
  • Apps available during video calls

CONS

  • No audio calls
  • Chrome must always be open

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Hangouts is the instant messaging and videoconferencing service from Google. It can be accessed through Google+, Gmail and mobile apps for iOS and Android, as well as from a Chrome extension that lets you chat with your contacts directly from the Windows desktop.

Instant messaging and video calls

Hangouts is an instant messaging platform with all the conventional features of any good messaging service. Once you're logged into your Google account, you can send messages, images, and emojis to your contacts in one-on-one or group conversations.

The videoconferencing feature allows you to make video calls with up to 10 people simultaneously, no matter which device they're connected on. It integrates apps like YouTube and Google Drive, as well as sounds and visual effects, to let you have a little fun during calls.

Only the essentials

Once installed, you can access Hangouts from Google Chrome in the right hand corner of the screen above the Windows task-bar. When not in use, the window can be minimized to the notification area.

The Hangouts interface is unobtrusive and minimalist in order to focus on what's most essential: chatting. The main window simply displays a list of your contacts and a search engine so that you can quickly look them up. When making video calls, a larger window opens up, giving you access to all the apps and features associated with the video.

Everything you need

Hangouts is the perfect extension if you have a lot of contacts using the service. It's got everything you need to easily communicate with friends, with the added bonus of some pretty cool video calling features. The only drawbacks are that you can't make basic audio calls, and Chrome always has to be open to use Hangouts.

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User reviews about Hangouts

  • Matthew Wade

    by Matthew Wade

    It is a good messaging platform but I am a bit annoyed because you need to have at least 60 characters in your review. anyway, apart frMore

  • Engrid Gaban

    by Engrid Gaban

    Yes i can recommend because it is Instant Messaging. Voice Calls. HD Video Calls. HD Group Conferencing. Auto Screen Focus. IntelligentMore

  • Zoe England

    by Zoe England

    its fun to chat with friends and talk and type all sorts of things.

  • Grace Salafia

    by Grace Salafia

    I like google hangouts because I talk to my friends. yes I do recommend hangouts

  • LINDSEY MELGAR LOPEZ

    by LINDSEY MELGAR LOPEZ

    I think it is good to help you contact friends and help you to text someone when you need help in something.

  • Arafat Shams

    by Arafat Shams

    If hangout was available for PC then it would be great. Rather than that it is user friendly while I use it on my mobile.

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