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Google doesn’t seem to be too much “in love” with Microsoft’s Windows Store idea and that’s why there aren’t too many Google apps there. Today we’ll be discussing about how to use Google Hangouts on Windows 8.1 and about the future of an app made for touch devices.
A good friend of mine asked me to do an article on this to briefly explain what Google Hangouts is all about and whether or not can he use it on his Windows 8.1 device. The short answer is – definitely, but not on the Modern user interface, as Google has to officially submit the app, certify it and then make it available for Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows RT users, who are those who are suffering the most. This isn’t the single software which has this “faith” so we’ve decided to take a new approach here.
Today marks the beginning of a new series here on Wind8Apps – due to popular demand, we will start covering desktop apps, as well, and we will be having articles like this one to keep you updated with the latest version of popular apps. We will be updating the article constantly once a new version gets delivered for public release and will inform you about the changes. Don’t worry, if the happy moment arrives and we will see a touch version getting released in the Windows Store, we will be swift to cover it!
Google Hangouts on Windows 8.1
Despite the fact that Google has somewhat offered Chrome for the touch version of Windows 8, Hangouts won’t work, and that hasn’t changed with the release of Windows 8.1 neither. So, just make sure that you use the Chrome desktop application to run Hangouts without any problems. For those who are new to Google Hangouts, here’s a simple and useful description of the service:
Google Hangouts is an instant messaging and video chat platform developed by Google, which launched on May 15, 2013 during the keynote of its I/O development conference. It replaces three messaging products that Google had implemented concurrently within its services, including Talk, Google+ Messenger, and Hangouts, a video chat system present within Google+. Google has also stated that Hangouts is designed to be “the future” of its telephony product, Google Voice, and integrated some of the capabilities of Google Voice into Hangouts.
Google+ Hangouts brings is one of the best services when it comes to group conversations tools as it adds photos, emoji, and video calls for free. A video call with up to 10 friends can be made completely for free. There are over 850 emojis to make sure your conversion has some real style.
To be able to use Hangouts on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 and I guess on all the upcoming Windows version, you will have to download and install the Chrome browser and use Hangouts as a plugin, or as a Chrome extensions, but they’re about the same thing. The extension and plugin don’t get frequent update, so we will be sure to cover them only when they are worthy and come with some important upgrades.
Download latest version of Google Hangouts
Download Google Hangouts for Windows 8.1 [Version 2014.402.433.1]
The latest version of Google Hangouts for Windows brings more fixes for sending and receiving of MMS. Also, there has been fixed a bug that prevented some from sending SMS longer than 160 characters. This version has been released on 11 April, 2014. Also, if you weren’t aware, the Chat for Google extension has now become Hangouts. Besides this, have you noticed any other improvements?
Download Google Hangouts desktop plugin [Version: 2014.305.433.2, Size: 756KB, updated March 12th, 2014]
We don’t have too many details about this update, as we couldn’t find too many details in the changelog. However, the mobile version of Hangouts for iOS and Android has received important updates recently, so I guess the latest version of Google Hangouts app for Windows 8 makes sure to be synchronized with the new features.