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During the next six weeks, Google will gradually introduce new behavior to Google’s Hangouts Chrome extension. The new experience more closely resembles the mobile app and is oriented to facilitating group chats. With the Hangout Chrome extension, Hangouts will appear as its own desktop window.


Additional features in development include the ability to pop-out conversations so that users can have multiple conversations side by side and the ability to collapse the conversation list to take up less screen real estate.


Users will launch the Chrome Hangouts App from
the Chrome Apps menu.

The extension will have some additional options that can be managed either from within the app, or in the extensions listing in the Chrome browser.


For more information see the Hangouts Chrome extension & app section of Hangouts Learning Center.

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