Everybody knows Google Hangouts is a communication platform that features the whole nine yards when it comes to communication features: instant messaging, video chat, SMS and VOIP. What not everyone knows, is that Google Hangouts is the successor of not one, not two, but three Google projects, namely: Google Talk, Google+ Messenger, and Hangouts, which was a video chat system included in Google+. The Google Hangouts platform recently received an upgrade, allowing people to access and use it via a website, that can be accessed in your favorite browser.

The news comes via an announcement on Google+, by Jordanna Chord and it mentions that Google is “launching another way to use Hangouts today. From our new site you’ll be able to take advantage of the best of Hangouts in the browser, along with an inspiring image to get you through the day.” This is good news for those of you that wanted to use Google Hangouts in Chrome and had to install the extension. From now on, no extension or app is necessary; all you need to do is visit the website and you will be able to use all Google Hangouts features.

Speaking of its features, we already mentioned the fact that you can run it from your browser and the best part is that the website works well with all available browsers, so you don’t have to worry if you’re not using Chrome or Firefox. To use Google Hangouts from the new website, simply login with your account and you are good to go; and you will also have access to your chat history. Another new feature is the “inspiring” background image that is automatically changed after a few minutes.

As you can see, the list of new features isn’t very large, but it doesn’t need to be. The fact that you now have Google Hangouts functionality from your browser of choice is all that matters. With a few user interface related differences, Google Hangouts from the browser is exactly the same as the app version, and this includes functionality: you are able to chat with multiple users at the same time, initiate group chats and make calls (both audio and video). So what’s the website you need to visit in order to use Google Hangouts from your browser? Go to either one of these web addresses: ‘talkgadget.google.com‘ or ‘hangouts.google.com‘.